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Did You Know?: Paying Smokers to Quit

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Air date: February 22, 2009


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Did you Know? is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

It's true: smokers are more likely to quit when they’re paid to kick the habit.

That’s what University of Pennsylvania researchers found when they tested the theory on nearly 1,000 General Electric employees across the United States.

Workers paid up to $750 to stop smoking for at least six months were three times more likely to quit than workers only encouraged to participate in smoking cessation program.

Previous studies had found that paying smokers relatively small amount had little effect, but the relatively large payout of the new study seems to have done the trick.

And smokers aren't the only ones to benefit. GE believes it can save up to 50 million dollars on costs related to smoking employees.

And now you know.