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Calls to stop costly habit.

SMOKERS were today being urged to stub out the habit as thousands of Midlanders have pledged to give up in the New Year.

Thirty-nine per cent of smokers in the West Midlands say their New Year's resolution is to quit the potentially deadly habit, with 59 per cent revealing they fearsmoking has caused upset in their relationships and arguments over wasting cash on cigarettes, according to a survey carried out by the NHS.

With an average packet of 20 cigarettes now costing more than pounds 5, smokers with a 40-a-day habit could save up to pounds 3,600 a year, enough to buy a car.

Paul Hooper, regional tobacco policy manager for the Department of Health in the West Midlands, said: "The message is clear - smoking doesn't just affect your health but hits you in the pocket more and more.

"At pounds 5 per pack, even a onea-day habit is enough to make a big difference across a year. It puts things into perspective. Which would you rather do - smoke 20 cigarettes a day, or fly your family to somewhere nice this summer?"

For more information call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169 from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week, or visit smokefree
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 30, 2008
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