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Yes, you can take out income protection if you’re a smoker.
However, your smoking habits will likely affect the price you pay for your cover.
This is due to the associated risks smoking can have on your health, including the increased risk of developing certain illnesses (such as high blood pressure, respiratory complications, cardiovascular disease and cancer).
Fear not, it’s still possible to secure affordable cover to meet your needs.
Why not let Reassured Advice help you compare quotes from the whole of the market?
This way you can find the best income protection for smokers.
Simply get in touch for your fee-free and no-obligation quotes.
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Smoker income protection is simply an income protection policy taken out by someone who smokes.
There are no income protection policies designed specifically for those who smoke.
The affect that smoking will have on your income protection will depend on your personal circumstances and how your chosen provider views smoking.
Each provider will have a different threshold of what they consider to be a regular smoker and how risky they perceive smoking to be, making it even more important to compare multiple quotes if you’re a smoker.
As a general rule, the longer you’ve smoked and the more frequently you smoke, the more you’ll pay for your cover.
For heavy smokers, some providers may even add exclusions to your policy for common health conditions that are linked to smoking.
An exclusion means you won’t be able to claim for this reason.
Contact Reassured Advice to find the income protection providers who offer the most favourable terms for smokers.
The best income protection for smokers will be the policy that allows you to cover your key financial commitments, while being at the most affordable price.
In order to choose the best income to meet your needs, there are some important policy terms you should be aware of:
How much you pay for you income protection as a smoker will depend on a variety of factors.
This includes factors about you, such as:
As well as details about your policy, such as:
When disclosing that you smoke, you’ll need to undergo additional questioning so that providers can gather more details about your smoking habits.
It’s likely that you will experience an increase to your premiums (compared to a non-smoker) so that providers can mitigate the risk of offering you cover.
The table below shows a price comparison between a smoker and a non-smoker for an income protection policy.
Quotes are based on an applicant in good health, with an annual income of £30,000. The policy provides cover until age 65, has a 3 month (13 week) deferred period, with guaranteed premiums:
Not only do smokers pay more for their cover, but the price they pay increases significantly more than a non-smoker as you get older.
For this reason, as a smoker, securing cover at a young age can help you to lock in the cheapest premium over the lifetime of your policy.
Seize the day and contact Reassured Advice for your fee-free, no-obligation quotes.
Lying about your smoking habits, withholding any other information, or declaring false information on your income protection application is classed as insurance fraud.
It’s known as ‘non-disclosure’ and it can prevent a pay out from being made when you need it the most.
While your premiums may be increased if you declare smoking on your application, the reality is that it’s likely to only be a few pounds more - it’s not worth committing insurance fraud for.
If you’re worried about how your smoking habits will affect your income protection insurance, why not speak to an expert like Reassured Advice?
A friendly member of the team will be happy to talk you through all your available options.
Providers will know that you smoke as you’ll be required to provide this information on your application questionnaire.
This will be in the form of a yes or no question.
If answering yes, you may need to answer some additional questions about your smoking habits such as:
Providing false information to answer this question is a form of insurance fraud, called as non-disclosure, and this can lead to your policy becoming void and no payments being made.
While it’s rare, providers also have the right to request a medical exam or a cotinine test which will be able to inform them of your smoking status.
Smoking cannabis can be judged more harshly than smoking cigarettes in terms of income protection.
Not only can cannabis lead to a number of physical health problems, but also mental health issues.
For this reason, income protection providers are unlikely to offer cover to cannabis smokers.
Similarly, if you are regularly using any recreational drugs, it’s unlikely you’ll be offered cover.
Why do income protection providers need to know if you smoke?
Smoking is a habit that, unfortunately, can lead to a number of health complications.
The price you pay for income protection, and the policy terms and conditions you’re offered will be based on the level of risk you pose to the provider.
For this reason, providers will need to know if you smoke so that they can accurately assess your level of risk and calculate your premiums accordingly.
What about vapes and e-cigarettes?
Using nicotine substitutes such as vapes and e-cigarettes will still class you as a smoker in the eyes of income protection providers.
Do I need to tell my provider if I start smoking after I have taken out cover?
No, you won’t be required to inform your provider if you take up smoking during the term of your policy.
While you’re not required to do so, it can work in your favour to inform them.
If you develop certain illnesses (that can be related to smoking) and need to make a claim, providers may need to investigate to see if you were a smoker / if the condition was pre-existing at the time of taking out cover.
This could delay the claims process so it’s good to keep your provider informed.
How long must I have stopped smoking for to be classed as a non-smoker?
Typically, you must be free of nicotine (this includes both cigarettes and nicotine substitutes such as vapes) for at least one year.
However, the time may vary between providers due to the different underwriting processes used.
It’s still possible to secure income protection as a smoker.
However, this makes it even more essential to compare quotes to find the most affordable cover.
Why not let Reassured Advice help you do this free of charge?
Their whole of market comparison service will allow you to find the income protection policy that best meets your needs, at the right price.
Simply get in touch for your personalised, fee-free and no-obligation quotes.
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