They are supporting the British Heart Foundation’s annual health campaign, which shows how smokers could treat themselves to all sorts of ‘swag’ – if they quit for a day they could save £7, or for a week with no fags saving £49, which would mean £210 a month and £2,555 saved when they have quit for a year.
Glenis Willmott, Health spokesperson for Labour MEPs said: “Stopping smoking is not just 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’s lots of local support available from organisations like the British Heart Foundation and working out what you could afford to buy is a great motivator.
“I’d encourage everyone to give it a go and join thousands of others trying to quit on the day.”
Labour MEPs are leading on the Tobacco Products Directive currently going through the European Union. Their aims include restricting all additives and flavourings such as vanilla and menthol, and standardising packaging to remove all branding to put an end to long, thin, flowery packet designs in light pink and purple that are clearly aimed at young women.
Nearly one in five UK adults smoke. But UK figures show two thirds of them want to quit.
Labour MEPs supported the campaign to make Wednesday 13th March ‘No Smoking Day’.
The 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.