Rollout for scheme to pay mums-to-be to quit cigs

Smoking mum-to-be

Smoking mum-to-be

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A controversial scheme which handed out thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash to persuade pregnant women to quit smoking looks set to be rolled out in Ilkeston.

Health chiefs handed out nearly £40,000 to expectant mums across north east Derbyshire to encourage them to kick the habit as part of the experiment.

Officials at Derbyshire County Council are now looking at expanding the project to other areas including Ilkeston – even though they admit only a “small” number of women actually stopped smoking.

 

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