Quitting smoking 'improves health and finances'

Over 50s looking to kick their smoking habit have been reminded that doing so will not only reduce the risk of disease, but it will also reduce both public and personal expenditure.

Stephen Spiro, vice-chairman of the British Lung Foundation said: "Quitting smoking and stopping people smoking are the two most cost-effective procedures you can do. It is harder to quit once you've started."

The comment comes in response to British Heart Foundation figures, which show that the health consequences of smoking costs the NHS 5 billion in medical care each year, with 2.5 billion of that being spent on treating cardiovascular illnesses.

Mr Spiro said that the government is doing its part with high taxes on tobacco to dissuade smokers, but that people should be more aware of the health risks of a hobby which is directly responsible for 19 per cent of all UK deaths.

He particularly emphasises the danger of contracting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a lung condition which is now the fifth biggest killer in the world.

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