About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Shopping Vouchers and Cyber-Friends Could help Quit Smoking and Lose Weight

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on January 28, 2015 at 4:15 PM
Font : A-A+

 Shopping Vouchers and Cyber-Friends Could help Quit Smoking and Lose Weight

Latest research has shown that shopping vouchers and online social networks may be powerful, modern tools to help people quit smoking and lose weight. It was seen that pregnant women who were promised vouchers were much likelier than non-rewarded peers to kick the smoking habit; and people shed more kilos the more online friendships they formed with fellow weight-watchers.

The Scottish study offered 612 pregnant smokers in Glasgow, free nicotine replacement therapy and professional quitting aid. Half the volunteers were also promised 400 pounds (534 euros or $607) in the form of shopping vouchers. Participants were offered a first voucher of 50 pounds for showing up for a meeting with a professional and setting a quit date, another 50 pounds for not smoking for four weeks, another 100 pounds for 12 weeks and 200 pounds at 34-38 weeks. Saliva or urine tests were used to confirm their abstinence from cigarettes. Significantly more of the voucher recipients stopped smoking, 69 out of the first group of 306, compared to 26 from the non-rewarded half. This study paper is published in The BMJ.


In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers studied more than 2,000 people who joined an online weight management (OWM) social networking site. After six months, it was seen that people with a single contact reported having lost on average 4.1 percent of initial body weight, rising to 5.2 percent for those with two to nine friends. The figure rose further to 6.8 percent for those with a bigger group of contacts, and a whopping 8.3 percent for those with the highest connectivity.

Both the studies found innovative and cost-effective ways of tackling lifestyle behaviors that are inflicting an ever-heavier toll in lives lost and healthcare costs around the world.

Source: Medindia

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Ways to Manage Stress during COVID-19 Pandemic
Can Adjusting Fatty Acid Intake Improve Mood in Bipolar Disorder Patients?
Insulin Resistance Doubles the Risk of Major Depressive Disorder
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
The Cabbage Diet Health Hazards of Smoking Mediterranean Diet Smoking And Cancer Smoking And Tobacco The Macrobiotic Diet Height and Weight-Kids Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts Smoking 

Recommended Reading
Mantra to Prevent Childhood Obesity Vigorous Physical Activity
Being physically very active is the mantra to prevent pediatric obesity rather than concentrating .....
Obesity is a condition where there is excess accumulation of body fat which poses a risk to the ......
Carbohydrates and Its Role in Obesity
Obesity is a global epidemic with majority of the world's population in developed countries being .....
Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is one of the most serious health challenges in the developing countries and ......
Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts
There is more to alcohol than mere intoxication. Infamous because of its social abuse but indispensa...
Health Hazards of Smoking
Smoking causes many diseases and affects the overall health of smokers....
Mediterranean Diet
Mediterranean diet has long been considered one of the healthiest diets on the planet. This diet pla...
Smoking And Cancer
Smoking is the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world....
Smoking And Tobacco
Encyclopedia section of medindia briefs you about the History of Tobacco...
The Cabbage Diet
The plausible reason that can be sited is the inherent low calorie property of cabbage....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use