Cash helps to kick the habit

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

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

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