Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths and diseases in the U.S. It causes nearly half a million deaths per year and yet, 37.8 million Americans still smoke. The Doctors acknowledge that quitting is difficult; the average smoker tries to quit 8-11 times before they quit for good. There may be a trick to potentially dropping the habit that you haven’t thought about!
The Doctors discuss a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which compared five smoking cessation methods and found financial incentives were by far the most effective. They recruited over 6,000 people for the study and split them into five groups. Along with traditional cessation methods like e-cigarettes, counseling and nicotine gum, they had two financial methods.
The most successful group in the study was given $600 in a reserve account and as they achieved their goals they were able to keep the money. The second most successful group received financial incentives for every month they stayed smoke-free.
If you are looking to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for tons of free resources. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork has a financial incentive to leave smokers with. “On average, a pack a day smoker spends two thousand dollars a year on their habit… You right now could put two thousand dollars in your back pocket, your hard-earned money, that’s yours, that’s yours to keep if you are able to quit smoking.”