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Success in smoking mothers programme

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/12/2016

More than half of a group of pregnant smokers who took part in two New Zealand trials have quit and are still smoke-free three months later.

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said the pilot study used incentives like vouchers for foods or goods to help women in Kaitaia and Counties Manukau quit.

Of the women who took part, 57 per cent have not smoked in three months.

"These pilots and overseas studies clearly demonstrate the benefits of vouchers as smoking cessation tools for pregnant women," Mr Lotu-Iiga said.

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