Financial Incentive Offers Helped Smokers Quitting Cigarettes

Financial incentive offers helped smokers quitting cigarettes as compared to the costly e-cigarette regulation, says a recent analysis conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

A team of the researchers also disclosed more first ever significant evidences about the ineffective e-cigarettes regulated for known smokers with intent to help them live smoke-free. During a big survey managed by company wellness programs, the researchers observed that the e-cigarettes are not working better as compared to the conventional tools to stop smoking, while the main thing that actually helped the same was paying the smokers to cease the unhealthy habit.

The New England Journal of Medicine released today the results of the large study, which may appear with major policy implications due to the continuity of the regulation of the e-cigarette consideration by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Over 6000 people participated in the huge trial from whom 1191 were involved actively with the program assigned them to follow individually. Those active participants showing real interest during the trial were reported to be more inspired of quitting smoking.

Scott D. Halpern, MD, Ph.D. is the leading author of the published study, who is a Steering Committee member at the Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and an associate professor of Epidemiology, Medical Ethics, Health Policy and Medicine.

“Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and nearly all large employers offer wellness programs aimed at getting people to quit,” Scott D. Halpern quoted in a statement. “But, these programs vary considerably, and to date, there has been little evidence to suggest which designs and strategies are most effective.”


Kerri Avery graduated from University of North Carolina (UNC)– Chapel Hill in 2005.  Kerri grew up in Ohio but moved to New Mexico after school. Kerri has written for several major publications  including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post. Kerr iis our community reporter and also covers world events.

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