Following research indicating that financial incentives would encourage pregnant women to quit smoking, a quit smoking pilot scheme in the North West of England will give pregnant women vouchers worth up to £400 (almost $500) in order to quit smoking.
Research conducted last year had suggested that financial incentives would encourage pregnant women to quit smoking.
The this effect, the NHS had launched a guidance, which estimated that for every 1,000 pregnant women offered vouchers, 177 would stop smoking. “Evidence from the UK showed that schemes in which a maximum of around £400 could be gained in vouchers staggered over time (with reductions for each relapse made) were effective and cost effective.”
The guidance, had highlighted that women should undergo biochemical tests to prove that they have stopped smoking before receiving the vouchers. Moreover, it added, healthcare staff should give clear and up-to-date information regarding e-cigarettes to anyone interested in using them to quit smoking, whilst mentioning that their long-term health effects are still uncertain.
Diane Caruna – Vaping Post – 2022-09-13.