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Steve Urges Smokers to "Swap Fags for Swag"

(February 25, 2013)

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Steve Rotheram MP for Liverpool Walton, is encouraging thousands of smokers in Liverpool to ‘swap fags for swag’ by quitting on No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March.

Steve is supporting the annual health campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which shows how smokers could treat themselves to all sorts of ‘swag’ if they quit for a day, saving £7, a week (£49), a month (£210) and a year (£2,555).

Steve 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. 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 the Liverpool area to give it a go and join thousands of others trying to quit on the day.”

Nearly one in five UK adults smoke, including 22 per cent in the North West of England . But UK figures show two thirds want to quit.

Steve concluded, “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.

“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.

“We’re here to help you every step of the way, so great ready to join in and swap fags for swag.”

The No Smoking Day campaign , is now in its 30th year.  It helped more than 760,000 people quit smoking last year and inspired another 1.5 million to seek out information to help them quit in future.

For more information on the benefits of quitting as well as top quit tips, visit www.wequit.co.uk

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