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“Swap Fags for Swag”

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25 February 2013

Andy Love MP is encouraging thousands of smokers in Edmonton to ‘swap fags for swag’ by quitting on No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March.

He is supporting the annual health campaign, which is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to show how smokers can treat themselves to all sorts of ‘swag’ if they quit for a day.

On average, quitting for a day would save £7, quitting for a week would save £49, quitting for a month would save £210 and quitting for a year would save £2,555.

Nearly one in five British adults smoke, including 1.2 million people in London — and U.K. figures show that two-thirds want to quit.

More than 750,000 smokers all try and quit on No Smoking Day, so it’s a great time to give it a go if you smoke and really want to quit.

Andy said: “Stopping smoking is not only one of the best things you can do to boost your health but it’s great for your bank balance as well. 

“Cigarette money really adds up, so whether you want to swap your day’s packet of 20 for a new lipstick, save for a week and take your kids to the cinema, or save for a whole year and reward yourself with a holiday of a lifetime there are lots of fun – and healthier – ways to spend your money.” 

He added: ““Quitting can be difficult, but there is lots of local support available and working out what you could afford to buy is a great motivator. I’d encourage everyone in Edmonton to give it a go and join thousands of others trying to quit on the day.” 

The No Smoking Day campaign started in 1983 and helped more than 760,000 people quit smoking in 2012 alone.

For more information on the benefits of quitting as well as top quit tips, visit