DCSIMG

Sponsored by Used cars
‘Waste of money’ smoking scheme to be rolled out

A controversial scheme giving taxpayers’ cash to pregnant women who quit smoking will be rolled out across Derbyshire.

We exclusively revealed in March how health chiefs handed out nearly £40,000 to expectant mums in Chesterfield to encourage them to kick the habit as part of a pilot experiment.

Officials at Derbyshire County Council (DCC) have now agreed to expand the project to other areas at a cost of £152,000-a-year – even though only a small number of women who took part in the study actually stopped smoking.

Critics have branded the scheme “a waste of money” – but DCC stress the move will save lives and money.

The pilot scheme launched in 2012 amid concerns about the effects of smoking on unborn babies.

A total of 229 women took part in the experiment.

They had regular hospital appointments with money awarded each time they passed breath tests to prove they hadn’t been smoking.

Women who quit during pregnancy and for six months afterwards were able to claim up to £750.

Of the 229 mums-to-be who started on the project, 56 had stopped smoking by the time their babies were born.

Just 26 had still stopped six months after their babies were born.


 
Find It

In association with scoot logo

Looking for...

Featured advertisers

Jobs

Search for a job

Motors

Search for a car

Property

Search for a house

Weather for Bakewell

Tuesday 29 July 2014

5 day forecast

Today

$weatherItem.description

$weatherItem.description

Temperature: $weatherItem.minTemp to $weatherItem.maxTemp

Wind Speed: $weatherItem.windSpeed

Wind direction: $weatherItem.windDirection

Tomorrow

$weatherItem.description

$weatherItem.description

Temperature: $weatherItem.minTemp to $weatherItem.maxTemp

Wind Speed: $weatherItem.windSpeed

Wind direction: $weatherItem.windDirection

Press Complaints Commission

This website and its associated newspaper adheres to the Press Complaints Commission’s Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then contact the Editor by clicking here.

If you remain dissatisfied with the response provided then you can contact the PCC by clicking here.

Bakewell Today provides news, events and sport features from the Bakewell area. For the best up to date information relating to Bakewell and the surrounding areas visit us at Bakewell Today regularly or bookmark this page.