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    as an ex smoker, $50 is too paltry to be any kind of incentive to quit.

    I agree with renesme - the true incentive should be quitting to optimize your health and that of your unborn child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Shouldn't I get a reward for being healthy and responsible for not taking up a filthy habit in the first place? It's a crock to reward someone for giving up something they should have the courage, strength, willpower and common sense to think about doing if they really cared for the child's health they are carrying in the first place.
    I would hope our society values helping those in need, not making snide comments about people in need of help.

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    I feel really bad for the smokers reading some of these comments (and that is with never having smoked in my life). I hope you guys don't take the comments to heart, especially given that you are dealing with an addiction, not something as simple as making a choice to just stop.

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    I'm not a smoker, never have been but watching my father who was a chain smoker and when he couldn't afford them, look for dumpers on the ground, makes me think that a $50 voucher isn't going to do diddly squat to make someone stop smoking.

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    I don't have an issue with initiatives to stop pregnant women from smoking - I just see it as an extension of the government-funded quit-smoking campaign that's been running for years and targets all smokers. It's a public health issue and I don't oppose it at all.. But come on, $50 gift voucher? It's a bit of a joke.

    As an ex-smoker who started at a very young age (but quit long before I got pregnant), I can tell you $50 a month wouldn't have stopped me. Thankfully I had other reasons to quit which were far greater motivation, like my health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    I don't have an issue with initiatives to stop pregnant women from smoking - I just see it as an extension of the government-funded quit-smoking campaign that's been running for years and targets all smokers. It's a public health issue and I don't oppose it at all.. But come on, $50 gift voucher? It's a bit of a joke.

    As an ex-smoker who started at a very young age (but quit long before I got pregnant), I can tell you $50 a month wouldn't have stopped me. Thankfully I had other reasons to quit which were far greater motivation, like my health.
    Good on you for quitting 😀
    After my dad had 3 ministrokes 2 years ago he quit cold turkey. He started smoking at 12yrs of age and was the absolute last person I thought would be able to cut down nevermind quit. So proud of him and think if he can do it anyone can do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointless1 View Post
    I feel really bad for the smokers reading some of these comments (and that is with never having smoked in my life). I hope you guys don't take the comments to heart, especially given that you are dealing with an addiction, not something as simple as making a choice to just stop.
    Maybe this thread will wake them up!

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    As someone who has been involved in both conducting and participating in various studies over the years...paying people to participate in research projects is not uncommon. It's partly how I survived being a poor Uni student back in the day I think it's pretty obvious that $50 a month is really not going to get people to quit smoking. I'd say the far bigger motivator is the fact that every month there is someone checking in with you, who will be able to tell if you snuck a ciggie in, you can't lie about it like you might do to a partner, you can't say to yourself "one won't hurt, no one will know" - because someone will know! And just having that voice in your head saying "if you do this, Dr Frandsen will find out" might be enough for some people to not light up. The voucher is a bonus. Of course smokers want a healthy baby but quitting cold turkey is extremely difficult and sometimes people need extra help. And if they do need extra help, they shouldn't be shamed for seeking it. Far better they do that than do nothing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Maybe this thread will wake them up!
    I suspect the judgement would probably make it worse for the person rather than 'waking them up'. So they will do it in secret rather than getting the help they need.

    Addiction is a lot more complex than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Maybe this thread will wake them up!
    Maybe this thread will wake you up... Doubtful though.

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