Swap the ash for cash

A mature man holding a strip of nicotine gum with boxes of cigarettes and an ashtray in front if him. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.
A mature man holding a strip of nicotine gum with boxes of cigarettes and an ashtray in front if him. Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

If the health benefits of quitting smoking haven’t persuaded you to kick the habit, how about looking at the benefits it could bring to your bank balance?

Swap Fags for Swag was the theme for this year’s No Smoking Day, highlighting what people could buy with the cash they’d previously have spent on cigarettes.

For instance £7 - the average price of a single packet of cigarettes - could buy a new lipstick or an album. A 20-a-day smoker could treat their kids to a trip to the cinema with their £49 saved after a week, or a new TV with the £210 saved after one month.

A year after quitting, they’d have saved £2,555 - enough for a family holiday.

“It’s turning those cigarettes you used to smoke into tangible rewards,” says Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

“There’s so much you can buy with the money you save.”