Smokers in parts of the UK could be paid up to £400 to quit smoking

SMOKERS in a certain part of the UK could be offered up to £400 to quit – so are you entitled to the money?

A pilot project to issue a financial reward to smokers who quit is being considered today by a rural council.

Smokers could get up to £400 to quit smoking


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Members of the public could each get £200 as an incentive to quit smoking, while pregnant women could nab as much as £400.

The cash bribe is the brainchild of Cheshire East Council, which is considering the cash pot to combat the borough’s high smoking rates.

About 10.5 percent of people in Chesire East smoke, and that rises to 10.8 percent of pregnant women.

If the scheme were to go ahead, councilors suggested the £200 would be paid in three installments to most people, while the £400 would be paid in five installments for pregnant women.

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However, the participating smokers would have to undergo a carbon monoxide test to prove that they had actually quit smoking.

A staggering budget of £116,500 has been proposed for the potential project – £95,000 from the public health earmarked grant and £21,500 from the Champs Public Health Collaborative.

Later today, the Council’s Health Committee will discuss a report showing how every £1 invested in quitting smoking saves £10 on future healthcare costs.

It also states: “There is solid evidence that financial incentives increase smoking cessation rates.

“Evidence shows that people with incentives are about 50 percent more likely to quit; moreover, pregnant women in particular are twice as likely to quit.”

Quitting will also increase profits for these lucky ex-smokers who will save thousands by giving up cigarettes.

Someone who smokes five cigarettes a day spends around £1,128 a year to pay for their unhealthy habit.

And that cost rises to £2,257 for 10 a day and £4,515 for someone smoking 20 a day, the Knutsford Guardian reports.

The committee will discuss the proposal at today’s meeting and will then have to present a formal decision report at its next meeting in July, developing the plan or proposing an alternative option. Smokers in parts of the UK could be paid up to £400 to quit smoking

Sarah Y. Kim

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