Stopping Smoking

A 20 a day smoker will spend over £50,000 over the next 20 years

Giving up smoking will SAVE you THOUSANDS a year (not to mention making you healthier, more beautiful and being much nicer for your friends and family!)

Investing your savings for 3 years could EARN you enough to buy a brand new car!


How much could you save?

Number of cigarettes smokedCost a weekCost a monthCost a yearEach year you could afford
10 a day£27.93£111.72£1,3411 week Caribbean cruise for 2!
20 a day£55.86£223.44£2,6814 new laptops!
40 a day£111.72£446.88£5,363A brand new motorbike!
Even a sneaky 20 at the weekend£7.98£31.92£383A meal and a night in a hotel for 2!

BUT if you then took that money saved and invested it each month, the results would be AMAZING! In just a few years you could be TENS OF THOUSANDS of pounds better off!

Number of cigarettesMonthly investmentAfter 3 years in a cash ISA (3% interest)
10 a day£111.72£4,203
20 a day£223.44£8,406
40 a day£446.88£16,812
Even a sneaky 20 at the weekend£31.92£1,201

Need to know

  • Whilst willpower is a fantastic FREE method to help you kick the habit, relying on it alone may simply not be enough. Sadly for every 100 smokers who quit without aids, only between 3 and 5 will remain a non-smoker for a year.
  • No one says giving up smoking is easy but there are things out there to help and it is a priority area for the NHS so there is lots of support available.
  • The most effective way to stop smoking is to combine several methods including weekly support sessions from a trained NHS stop smoking counsellor.

Things to try


For every 100 smokers who quit with advice from an NHS trained stop smoking advisor, 13 will stop smoking for at least six months. 

Why we like it:

  • we love this site – SO much information in a friendly accessible way
  • can speak to someone 7 days a week on 0800 022 4332, lines are open Mon to Fri 9am to 8pm, Sat and Sun 11am to 5pm
  • signing up allows you access to free support
  • motivational texts and a free quit kit
  • Stoptober iPhone app available (persevere, there have been a few signup errors)

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

For every 100 smokers who quit using NRT, 17 will stop smoking for at least a year

Why we like it:

  • you can buy NRT over-the-counter, but it often works out cheaper to get it via your GP

Watch out:

  • sometimes a prescription medicine such as buproprion or varenicline will work better for you so speak to your GP
  • these methods address physical addiction but they still need willpower

Eventually, after about 8 to 12 weeks you will have to come off these products, too



Chemist Direct

Why we like it:

  • big selection of products
  • detailed product information
  • discounted prices

Watch out:

  • check that it is the cheapest available
  • delivery charges apply


Why we like it:

  • good selection of products
  • has books to support you too

Watch out:

  • delivery charges may apply


Why we like it:

  • allows you to search supermarket as well as high street chemists
  • saves you time and money
  • alerts you to all special offers
  • alerts you to current vouchers
  • covers supermarket own brand products

Watch out:

  • delivery charges will apply
  • not such a wide selection of product types


British Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Why we like it:

  • completely safe
  • anecdotally very highly rated
  • focus on the mind and habit rather than physical cravings
  • usually takes 70 minutes

Watch out:

  • can cost over £150 per session
  • no guarantee
  • may need follow up sessions

British Acupuncture Council

Why we like it:

  • few side effects
  • can help physical detox

Watch out:

  • can be uncomfortable
  • there is no conclusive evidence about its’ effectiveness
  • can cost up to £50 per session and up to 6 sessions may be suggested

Allen Carr

Why we like it:

  • offers seminars across the combining psychotherapy and hypnotherapy
  • can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to receive 3 x their value so for every £10 of Clubcard Vouchers shoppers will receive £30 towards course fees
  • money back guarantee if you smoke within 3 months
  • books also available
  • good if you like to do something in a group

Watch out:

  • costs £260 for a seminar
  • sessions are approximately 6 hours in groups of up to 20 people

90% success rate after 3 months, 51% still not smoking after a year, Has helped 9 million people quit

The inside track

  • Remember, stopping smoking doesn’t just save on your day to day spending; life insurance, health insurance and mortgage protection premiums can all be reduced MASSIVELY (sometimes as much as 50%!) by quitting.
  • Naturally, there are HUGE health benefits to quitting. You will reduce the risk of developing serious illness such as cancer, heart disease and lung disease, as well as problems with circulation.
  • You will greatly cut the chance of your children developing asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, meningitis and ear infections.
  • Your overall fitness levels will improve and your teeth and skin will be visibly brighter - smoking prematurely ages skin by up to 20 years
  • A study found women smokers reduced their chance of conceiving by ­a third

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