Anne McTaggart MSP is encouraging thousands of smokers in the Glasgow region to quit smoking on national No Smoking Day (Wednesday 13th March).
McTaggart is supporting the annual health campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) throughout the UK, which shows how smokers could treat themselves if they quit for a day, saving £11; a week (£78); a month (£336), and a year (£4,090).
Anne McTaggart MSP said: “I encourage all smokers to consider quitting on No Smoking Day. Giving up cigarettes is one of the best ways you can not only improve your health, but improve your bank balance too.”
Approximately one in four Scots adults smoke but around two thirds of current smokers say they would like to stop.
Marjory Burns, BHF Scotland Director, said: “More than 750,000 smokers across the UK all try to quit on No Smoking Day, so it’s a great time to give it a go if you smoke and really want to quit.
“Your 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.”
The No Smoking Day campaign is now in its 30th year. It helped more than 760,000 people across the UK quit smoking last year and inspired another 1.5 million to seek out information to help them quit in future.