We learned that when co-workers band together in a smoking cessation program, they are more likely to succeed in kicking the habit.
Researchers at St. Paul’s Hospital and the Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine developed a year-long smoking cessation program for a team of 28 health care workers at the hospital. The teams’ success was tied to financial incentives--members of the team were rewarded with more money the longer they remained a non-smoker.
The abstinence from smoking rates at three, six and 12 months were 61 percent, 54 percent and 50 percent respectively.
According to the study authors, the abstinence rates were ‘relatively high’, which they attributed to the team-based approach and mutual support in addition to the financial incentive.