Give up smoking for food…
Posted by That Other Mike on 21/06/2008
Smokers offered money to give up
Smokers in the poorest areas of Dundee are being offered £150 worth of groceries by the health service if they are able to give up cigarettes.
Participants in a 12-week scheme will be given £12.50 a week by NHS Tayside if a carbon monoxide breath test proves they have not been smoking.
The money will be credited onto an electronic card which cannot be used for cigarettes or alcohol.
There are 36,000 smokers in Dundee, about half of whom live in poverty.
The scheme is similar to a project used by the trust to encourage pregnant women to give up smoking.
I’m kind of in favour of this one, myself. When I gave up smoking, it was through willpower alone. Well, that and sugar-free Red Bull. Anyway, while it was through willpower alone, it was difficult, because I used to love to smoke. It was like my hobby. I had gold certificates for smoking. I was on the national team. Smoking is a comfort, it helps relieve stress a little, it provides displacement activity and so on. I can see that it might be even more difficult to quit if you’re on the poverty line…
Incentives to help people quit may be just the right thing.