SCU offers new way to quit smoking

SOUTHERN Cross University honours researcher Jamie Hetherington wants smokers aged 18 to 65 to join a study pioneering alternative ways to quit smoking without medication.

Participants will receive regular counselling throughout the 12-week study which offers two alternative incentives – one financial and one health oriented.

The health incentive group will undergo a set of tests to measure general fitness, lung function, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels with results compared before, during and after the study.

The financial incentive group will be asked to contribute a dollar a day and after 12 weeks they can donate it to charity. If they relapse, they will forfeit the money and it will be distributed among the others.

“The idea is to give participants a real awareness of the cost of their habit and show them that by quitting, they can not only help themselves, but help others as well,” Mr Hetherington said.



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