‘Waste of money’ smoking scheme to be rolled out

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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.

 

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