With the average pack of 20 now costing around £8.00, smoking is an expensive habit. Giving up this addiction is far from easy… but apart from improving your physical wellbeing, quitting could also leave your finances in better health.
The smoking ban has been in force for seven years now, and it seems to be working – research has shown that since the law came into force in July 2007, more people than ever have kicked the habit.
A report in July 2008 by University College London showed that 400,000 people had quit the habit in the first 12 months of the ban. More recently, a study in March this year, led by the University of Edinburgh and published in medical journal the Lancet, found smoking bans had cut cases of asthma and premature births.
If the thought of improving your health isn't motivating enough, here are a few thoughts about the money you could save if you cut down on cigarettes - and what you might chose to do with it.