Cash-strapped smokers told to quit

29 June 2009 — 5:00 PM

The cash could soon stack up if smokers decide to quit

Consumers looking to save cash can do one of a number of things, but one expert believes smokers face the most obvious of these.

According to a spokesman for ASH, a public health charity which aims to increase awareness of the benefits of kicking the habit, there are significant savings to be made by quitting.

Martin Dockrell, director of research and policy at the organisation, said this had been backed up by recent study from moneysupermarket.com - which highlighted the amount people spend on cigarettes.

"The money issue helps. I spoke to one woman who was saving enough money from dropping smoking to buy a new pair of shoes every Saturday. That's what she did to motivate her and she did pretty well," he added.

According to the research, which was published last week, consumers could save around £5,670 on their critical illness cover premiums by becoming a non-smoker.

Recycling mobile phones is another great way to generate cash for those who have old handsets lying around.

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