Smokers Offered Money To Give Up

Want to avoid cancer? What’s the most important lifestyle measure that you can do?

Take a look at the following diagram from WHO:

It tells us two things:

  1. 40% of cancers are preventable.
  2. The single most lifestyle measure guessed it..stop smoking.

The big headache for health prevention experts worldwide is how to implement effective control programs, taking into account the above two facts.

So it was quite something else when the BBC reported that the National Health Service was going to implement an innovative scheme to provide GBP 150 per person to buy groceries in return for quitting smoking for 12 weeks. Read this here.

So how are they going to know if someone had actually quit smoking? Well, they have to report weekly to nominated chemists and undergo a carbon monoxide breath test. If it is negative, then they will be paid weekly. Sounds pragmatic, doesnt it?

Some quarters may yell “bribery and corruption” …but, at least, it may prove more effective than the millions of dollars of anti-smoking ads that are being poured into the mass media which so far has brought questionable results..

5 responses

  1. Didnt know that smoking was such a big factor…Wish my hubbie would just quit. Are there any shortcut measures?

  2. Don’t know what you mean by ‘short-cut’, because at the end of the day,it boils down to whether he really wants to quit and how motivated he is on continuing to refrain from smoking!

  3. Came across this quote today which is rather appropriate:

    “The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide.”- Kurt Vonnegut.

  4. If people chose to ‘burn’ their money by smoking, why should they be compensated to stop. What about the secondary smokers who have to suffer from the consequence….? Should they be paid as well???

    My dad has been smoking for..err……50 years (or more?). He quit about 6 weeks ago and told us that it was no big deal (‘cos the cigarettes today didn’t have the ‘kick’ of those of yesteryears). I also noticed that his coffee intake has since reduced. Don’t know whether there is a corelation.

    My personal view is that, some, think that smoking is ‘cool’ and before you know it, it has become a habit. Unless you make that effort to break the habit, smoking will be part of your lifestyle…………..AND in time… you will pay dearly with your health. Don’t say that you have Not been WARNED!!!

  5. You have a point there. And its never too late to stop..good on your dad!
    The media today reported that Malaysians spend 8 million dollars on 33 million cigarettes a day!Think of the economic implications during these troubled times…

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