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Type: Journal article
Title: Paying women to quit smoking during pregnancy? Acceptability among pregnant women
Author: Lynagh, M.
Bonevski, B.
Symonds, I.
Sanson-Fisher, R.
Citation: Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2011; 13(11):1029-1036
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1462-2203
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Marita Lynagh, Billie Bonevski, Ian Symonds, Rob W. Sanson-Fisher
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: There is growing international interest in the use of financial incentives in smoking cessation, yet little research on public opinion of the scheme. This paper reports on the acceptability of incentives for reducing smoking in pregnant women and the perceived size of incentive that would encourage smoking cessation during pregnancy. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on a convenience sample of 213 women attending the antenatal clinic of a large public hospital in Australia. Participants completed a questionnaire on their views on the use of incentives with responses measured on a 5-point Likert scale. RESULTS: The majority of participants (60%) did not agree that paying pregnant smokers to quit is a good idea. Opinions regarding the likely effectiveness were mixed with 30% of respondents in agreement and 22% undecided. Most (62%) were not willing to pay smokers any amount to quit. Smokers were more likely to have more favorable views about incentives than nonsmokers (p < .0001) and considered payments of between $100 and >$1,000 acceptable as reward for quitting smoking. CONCLUSIONS: Acceptability for the use of financial incentives in reducing antenatal smoking is low among pregnant women. Future research should explore views of a wider audience and continue to gather stronger evidence of the efficacy of rewards for reducing smoking in pregnancy.
Keywords: Pregnancy; smoking; smoking cessation; australia hospitals; public; public opinion; prenatal care; reward; smoking in pregnancy; incentives; financial incentives
Rights: © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030039265
DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntr108
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