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Put your money where your butt is : a commitment contract for smoking cessation, Volume 1
 
Author:Gine, Xavier; Karlan, Dean; Zinman, Jonathan; Country:World;
Date Stored:2009/07/02Document Date:2009/07/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Disease Control & Prevention; Alcohol and Substance Abuse; Adolescent Health; Tobacco Use and Control
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS4985Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4985
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors designed and tested a voluntary commitment product to help smokers quit smoking. The product (CARES) offered smokers a savings account in which they deposit funds for six months, after which they take a urine test for nicotine and cotinine. If they pass, their money is returned; otherwise, their money is forfeited to charity. Eleven percent of smokers offered CARES tookup, and smokers randomly offered CARES were 3 percentage points more likely to pass the 6-month test than the control group. More importantly, this effect persisted in surprise tests at 12 months, indicating that CARES produced lasting smoking cessation.

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