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Put your money where your butt is : a commitment contract for smoking cessation

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  • Gine, Xavier
  • Karlan, Dean
  • Zinman, Jonathan

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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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Keywords: Tobacco Use and Control; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Disease Control&Prevention; Alcohol and Substance Abuse; Adolescent Health;

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    by Liam Delaney in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2009-11-15 23:47:00
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