CHESTER, England, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- Quitters could save over £6,200 on life cover
- Stubbing out cigarettes could save another £2,500 a year
- Join the British Heart Foundation and 750,000 people across the UK attempting to quit on No Smoking Day
With National No Smoking Day (13 March 2013) around the corner, research from MoneySupermarket.com reveals those who kick the habit will not only reap the health benefits but their wallets would get a much needed boost as well.
The UK's number one comparison site found quitters who ditch cigarettes could make impressive savings on combined Critical Illness Cover (CIC) and life cover. For example, a 30 year old wanting £150,000 worth of cover over 25 years could save £6,207 with Scottish Provident over the term, or £20.69 per month, if they made the decision to go smoke free.
MoneySupermarket found non-smokers can also make considerable savings on single life cover - up to £1,779 with Aviva on a single life insurance policy over the term. Furthermore, the British Heart Foundation estimates a smoker could save themselves a further £2,555 on the cost of cigarettes per year by making the decision to go smoke-free.
Emma Walker, head of protection at MoneySupermarket said: "With considerable savings to be made, smokers will hopefully find the willpower to permanently kick the habit, benefiting both their health and their wallets. Those who make the decision to quit should then shop around for the best insurance deal to suit their circumstances. Critical Illness Cover could prove vital if a person is unable to work due to serious illness, which is especially important in today's financial climate. Insurer providers will insist smokers have kicked the habit for a full year in order to be classed as a 'non-smoker' and qualify for life insurance premium savings."
Doireann Maddock, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, added: "We know how much smokers are motivated to quit by the money they could save and that's why this year, we're asking all smokers to "swap fags for swag" on No Smoking Day and think about what else they might prefer to spend their money on. Whether it's putting money towards treats like holidays or family outings, or making savings in other areas like life insurance, this is sure to be an encouragement for anyone who wants to kick the habit for good. But whether it's your health or wealth that's your incentive, we're here to help and support you at every turn."
Notes to editors:
30-year-old, £150,000 over 25 years for critical illness and life cover:
Savings Total Total per Savings Monthly premium Monthly premium month by for term premium over 25 premium over 25 not by not Provider smoker years non-smoker years smoking smoking Beagle Street GBP41.89 GBP12,567 GBP31.31 GBP9,393 GBP10.58 GBP3,174 Zurich GBP51.94 GBP15,582 GBP34.66 GBP10,398 GBP17.28 GBP5,184 Aviva GBP54.95 GBP16,485 GBP35.60 GBP10,680 GBP19.35 GBP5,805 Scottish Provident GBP56.82 GBP17,046 GBP36.13 GBP10,839 GBP20.69 GBP6,207 Legal & General GBP55.33 GBP16,599 GBP36.30 GBP10,890 GBP19.03 GBP5,709
30-year-old, £150,000 over 25 years for single life cover:
Total Total Savings Savings Monthly premium Monthly premium per month for term premium over 25 premium over 25 by not by not Provider smoker years non-smoker years smoking smoking Beagle Street GBP11.92 GBP3,576 GBP7.47 GBP2,241 GBP4.45 GBP1,335 Legal & General GBP13.53 GBP4,059 GBP7.95 GBP2,385 GBP5.58 GBP1,674 Aviva GBP13.88 GBP4,164 GBP7.95 GBP2,385 GBP5.93 GBP1,779 Bright Grey GBP12.85 GBP3,855 GBP8.07 GBP2,421 GBP4.78 GBP1,434 LV= GBP13.77 GBP4,131 GBP8.34 GBP2,502 GBP5.43 GBP1,629
 The British Heart Foundations calculates the average smoker will save £7 a day by quitting cigarettes.
That equates to £49 a week or £2,555 a year if they do ditch the cigarettes for good.
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