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Scots who quit smoking can get free food vouchers

Sun., June 22, 2008, midnight

LONDON – Authorities in a Scottish city are offering smokers food vouchers if they quit.

Health officials in Dundee say ex-smokers will be given 12.50 pounds ($25) a week on an electronic card. The credits can be redeemed in stores for fresh food and groceries, but not alcohol or cigarettes.

Participants in the pilot program will get help giving up cigarettes and will have to undergo weekly carbon monoxide breath tests to prove they have not started again.

Authorities said Saturday that the project will start in the fall. They hope it can help 900 people quit smoking over the next two years.

Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest city and has one of Britain’s highest smoking rates. Officials say many smokers live in poverty.


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