Cash helps to kick the habit
Miami – Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to give up cigarettes than those who are simply offered tips on how to quit, said a US study.
The approach could offer ways to cut the number of smokers, which has remained steady at about onefifth of the US population in recent years, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.
The rate among the poor is even higher.
Twenty-six percent of smokers in the US in 2015 were below the poverty line, compared with 14% of smokers at or above the poverty line, according to background information in the article.
The randomised clinical trial included 352 people in Boston, Massachusetts. – AFP