We are now well into Stoptober, the annual campaign by the NHS that encourages smokers to quit for 28 days. If you're taking part, hopefully you'll have already felt some of the benefits of going with cigarettes. By day 14, your lungs should feel clearer, your sense of taste and smell will have improved and you will have more energy.
According to research, over 60% of smokers would like to quit, but many struggle to do so through will power alone. Fortunately, there are now many treatments available which can help. These Include nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) such as patches, e-cigarettes and smoking cessation medications such as Champix.
There are many reasons to give up smoking, from preserving your health to setting a good example for your children. Most people by now are fully aware of the health costs of smoking, but have you considered the financial implications of maintaining the habit?
With the average pack of 20 cigarettes costing almost £10, smoking can be an extremely expensive occupation. Adding up the total for a month, let alone a year, can be enough to make your eyes water.
Take a look at our Cost Calculator below to find out how much smoking is costing you, and how much you could save by quitting for good!
For more information about smoking cessation, you can visit our stop smoking information page.