£150 BRIBES TO QUIT SMOKING
If this works it's a £150 well spent because that will save tax payers so much more in the long run in NHS bills to treat ill smokers.
Smokers could be PAID £150 each if they manage to kick the habit for three months.
The astonishing plan may go nationwide if pilot projects succeed.
Health chiefs and anti-tobacco campaigners think the bribes will be worth it compared to the £1.5billion a year it costs the NHS to deal with smoking related diseases. Smokers who take the money will have to take weekly carbon monoxide breath tests at a pharmacy to prove they are not cheating.
A £500,000 trial scheme will be launched in Dundee, Fife, later this year. Smokers will get £12.50 a week to give up cigarettes for 12 weeks.