Asda Financial Services

Asda Financial Services

December 22, 2011 06:50 ET

Three Smoking Reasons to Give Up Tobacco in 2012

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2011) - It's common knowledge that smoking is both expensive and extremely hazardous to people's health, yet around 10 million adults in the UK continue to smoke cigarettes.1 Not only are smokers endangering their health, but it has a big impact on the contents of their wallets as well - a 20-a-day smoker will typically spend around £2,000 per year on tobacco products.2

So, how can it be that so many people continue to smoke in Britain? Perhaps if smokers took into consideration the many benefits of giving up smoking as opposed to concentrating on the negative impact of their habit, they may find that quitting becomes a lot easier. Here are three of the best reasons to give up in 2012.

World No Tobacco Day 2012 - World No Tobacco Day on 31st May is a global initiative with one motive - everyone stubs out their cigarettes for 24 hours. And of course, once the day of abstinence is over, smokers will be in a better position than ever to stub them out for good - reaping the myriad of health benefits.

Lower Life Insurance Premiums - Insurers typically consider customers as a non-smoker after having not smoked for a full year. Once they're considered non-smokers, consumers should contact their financial advisors and discuss the potential of a lower life insurance premium - which isn't guaranteed, but the chance of paying less is greatly improved once you stop smoking.

Improved wellbeing - it won't take long to notice the positive impact giving up smoking will have on your overall quality of life. Ex-smokers gradually experience improved concentration, lower boredom levels, and the desire to get fit and eat more healthily once nicotine leaves their bodies. Once smokers have fully abstained from smoking tobacco products for a year, the risk of heart attack falls to around half of that of a smoker.3

You'll no longer have to worry about the potential illnesses, spiralling costs and increased insurance premiums, so keep these three reasons in mind and try to make 2012 the first of many smoke-free years.

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Small print: Your cover will depend on your individual needs and circumstances and the premium you choose to pay.

*Price based on £100,000 of level term cover for a female aged 30 next birthday and in good health. Prices correct as at November 2011.

**Price based on level term life insurance and critical illness cover of £71,591 over 25 years for a non-smoking man in good health aged 30 next birthday. The critical illness cover is based upon Class 1 (clerical/admin) occupation, Own Occupation definition and reviewable rates. Prices correct as at November 2011.

***Price based on £1,000 monthly benefit for a non-smoking man in good health aged 30 next birthday. The income protection cover is based upon a 13 weeks deferment period and is based on occupation class 1 to age 65. Prices correct as at November 2011.

****Price based on level term life insurance cover of £32,100, over 25 years for a non-smoking man in good health aged 30 next birthday. The Real Life Cover insurance is based upon a 26 weeks deferment period and Class 1 (clerical/admin) occupation for a £300 benefit per month in the event of unemployment or redundancy. Prices correct as at November 2011.

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Founded in the 1960s, Asda today is one of Britain's leading retailers. It has over 170,000 dedicated Asda colleagues serving customers from 424 stores, including 25 ASDA Living stores, 23 depots and eight recycling centres across the UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland). It has its main home office in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division based in Lutterworth Leicestershire. Asda serves over 18 million shoppers a week in store and its growing home shopping business serves over 97 per cent of UK homes.

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(1) http://www.ash.org.uk/archived-pages/facts-at-a-glance

(2) http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_95.pdf

(3) http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_94.pdf

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