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Mar 09 2013

Gareth Says: ‘Swap fags for swag’

gareth_thomas_headshot‘Swap fags for swag’ Harrow West MP urges smokers on No Smoking Day

Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West, is encouraging thousands of smokers in the area to ‘swap fags for swag’ by quitting on No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March.

Gareth Thomas MP is supporting the annual health campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which shows how smokers could treat themselves to all sorts of ‘swag’ if they quit for a day, saving £7, a week (£49), a month (£210) and a year (£2,555). Gareth has been a long term advocate of measures to help people stop smoking, in 2003 he introduced a Private Members Bill which banned smoking in cafes and restaurants, elements of which influenced the Health Act 2006 which outlawed smoking in public places.

Gareth Thomas MP said:“Stopping smoking is not only 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 is lots of local support available and working out what you could afford to buy is a great motivator. I’d encourage everyone in the Harrow to give it a go and join thousands of others trying to quit on the day.”

Vishnee Sauntoo, No Smoking Day campaign manager at the BHF, said: “More than 750,000 smokers all try and quit on No Smoking Day, so it’s a great time to give it a go if you smoke and really want to quit. “Your cigarette money really adds up, so whether you want to swap your day’s packet of 20 for a new lipstick, save for a week and take your kids to the cinema, or save for a whole year and reward yourself with a holiday of a lifetime there are lots of fun – and healthier – ways to spend your money. We’re here to help you every step of the way, so get ready to join in and swap fags for swag.”

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