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Save money and NHS by stopping smoking


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20 APR 2020


We all know the NHS is struggling financially, and there is a need for more backing. However, in 2020, it is fair to say many people across the country could manage their finances better. A lot of people face difficult times, and they need to make big decisions. If you are looking to save money, and you are a smoker, there is an obvious way you can enhance your finances and your life.

The NHS spends a considerable amount of time and money in dealing with the aftermath of smoking. If the NHS can play a role in reducing the number of smokers, it will alleviate a considerable level of pressure on the NHS. Hopefully, this will allow more people to receive a high standard of healthcare service.

Stopping smoking saves money
NHS Trusts across the United Kingdom are looking to support people in 2020, and by giving up smoking, people can save up to £4,000. An example of a UK NHS Trust who is active in this area is NHS Tayside in Scotland. They have worked closely with people since the start of the year, bringing about positive change in this area.

There is also support for smokers from community pharmacies, with free nicotine products on offer to anyone looking to stop smoking.

Margaret Winton is the NHS Tayside Programme Manager for Tobacco, and she said; “A new year is a perfect opportunity to improve your health. We know that quitting smoking can be difficult and that sometimes it can take a few attempts to stop so we would encourage people to find out about the support on offer. Go along to your local community pharmacy and they can answer any questions you have and give you up-to-date information to help you quit your way.”

While each smoker has their daily levels and expenditure, it is not out of the question for a smoker to spend £4,000 per year on cigarettes. Anyone who smokes to this level who can stop smoking will find they can significantly enhance their finances over a year, while also helping the NHS to allocate time and resources to other areas of healthcare.

There are short and long-term benefits for the NHS through stopping smoking
When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, stopping smoking is one of the most important decisions a person can make. There are short and long-term benefits which come from quitting smoking, allowing people to benefit now and for years to come.

At Atlantis Medical, we know the pressure smokers place on the NHS. While there is a need to provide immediate care to people who smoke, the NHS must look to reduce the impact of smoking. Smoking cessation work is at the forefront of NHS activities these days, and utilising healthcare professionals in these roles will bring significant benefits. The NHS doesn’t just have to work harder, it must work smarter, and anything which reduces the number of smokers is a positive step to ensuring the NHS lives on for many years.

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