Scottish city trades food for 'cold turkey'

The project will start in the fall
June 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities in a Scottish city are offering smokers food vouchers if they quit. Health officials in Dundee say ex-smokers will be given about $25 a week on an electronic card. The credits can be redeemed in stores for fresh food and groceries, but not alcohol or cigarettes.

Participants in the pilot program will get help giving up cigarettes and will have to undergo weekly carbon monoxide breath tests to prove they have not started again.

Authorities say the project will start in the fall. They hope it can help 900 people quit smoking over the next two years.

Dundee is Scotland's fourth-largest city and has one of Britain's highest smoking rates. Officials say many smokers live in poverty.