Plan to pay smokers weekly to quit Press Assoc. - Saturday, June 21 06:25 amSmokers in deprived communities in one of Scotland's major cities are to be offered Â£12.50 a week to quit, it has been announced. (Advertisement) NHS Tayside hopes the Â£500,000 pilot scheme will help 900 people in Dundee stop smoking over the next two years. Participants in the new initiative will be offered Â£12.50 per week credited onto an electronic card which they can redeem in their local supermarket for fresh food and groceries, but not alcohol and cigarettes. They can take part in the programme for a maximum of 12 weeks. Those taking part will receive nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) through their local pharmacy, where they will have to do a weekly carbon monoxide breath test to prove they are still smoke-free. Participants will also receive social support from Dundee Healthy Living Initiative (DHLI) where they can access smoking cessation support, physical activities and other lifestyle advice and support. This new incentive scheme is a partnership between NHS Tayside, Dundee City Council and the Scottish Government and is launching in the autumn. It follows the success of the Give it up for Baby (GIUFB) initiative in Tayside, which encourages and supports pregnant smokers to give up cigarettes. Paul Ballard, Deputy Director of Public Health at NHS Tayside said: "Currently there are 36,000 smokers in Dundee, half of whom live in poverty. Although current smoking cessation services are working well, because of the complexities of poverty and health we know we need to do more to tackle this." If the scheme is a success it could be rolled out across Scotland. Feck me, what next. Being a smoker even I dont agree with this.