In a new study, aimed at testing the impact of financial incentives, French hospitals are offering money to women if they will give up nicotine. The women who commit will be paid in increments of 20 euros ($23), with the opportunity to earn up to 300 euros if they do not take up smoking again.
Research published in 2015 showed that one in five French women did not quit smoking while pregnant, and the nation’s health minister Marisol Touraine said that France was “the European country where pregnant women smoke the most.”
Smoking while pregnant can reduce the supply of oxygen to the fetus, increasing the risks of stillbirth, prematurity or low birth weight.
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