Some people are just never happy, even when they are being rewarded.
Let’s face it, only the congenitally stupid now smoke, after all the years of advertising bans, public health messages, documentaries, increased tobacco taxes and every conceivable strategy short of an outright ban people are either retarded or wilfully choosing to smoke.
The country has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on smoking cessation programmes for no discernible reduction in smoking. Sure the smoking rate is dropping, but that is because the number of smokers is remaining static and the population is increasing.
The people getting the rewards however are unhappy…its not enough they say…as if the chance of getting all sorts of nasty cancers being drmatically reduced by stopping smoking isn’t enough of a reward by itself, they still want more.
A $13,000 programme enticing expectant Maori and Pasifika mothers with jewellery and gift vouchers to stop smoking has been slammed as insulting and undignified by critics.
But a doctor behind the scheme has defended it, saying two in five Maori women smoke in pregnancy which she described as a “public health emergency”.
The Waikato District Health Board incentive programme is offered to mostly Maori and Pasifika mothers who are less than 28 weeks pregnant.
A total of $13,000 of DHB money has been specifically allocated to the project. Â Read more »