Politics 10 May 2012 Boost your pension: take up smoking Enhanced annuity payments. Print HTML Applying for enhanced annuity is a way to increase your pension. You can get this if you are likely to die younger. An annuity works, essentially, as a bet with a life insurance company about how long you will live. If you die before the predicted time, the company makes a profit. The odds against your life are increased if you smoke, so you can apply for an enhanced annuity - a little more money per year. Right now annuity rates at their lowest levels ever, but according to a survey by MGM Assurance, more than 70 per cent of those coming up to the end of their working lives are missing out on enhanced annuity payouts because they do not apply for them. Here is a chart showing the amount of money you can get per year if your life is slightly more uncertain: Health Male aged 65 Female aged 65 Congestive heart failure £3,745 £3,565 Diabetes, type 1 £3,625 £3,452 Smoking (12 cigarettes/day) £3,562 £3,406 High blood pressure and cholesterol £3,263 £3,099 Healthy annuity £3,068 £2,957 Gross annual income for a single life annuity, guaranteed for five years, level payments paid monthly. Source: Better Retirement Group. › It's time for the US to rethink its AfPak strategy Photograph: Getty Images Subscribe More Related articles Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy? No economy is an island: why Britain's finances now depend on Europe Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Philip Hammond as Chancellor mean for policy?