Expectant moms in France are now being paid to stop smoking during their pregnancy.
According to French health minister Marisol Touraine, France is â€śthe European country where pregnant women smoke the most.â€ť Additionally, the National Institute of Prevention and Health Education reports that almost 20 per cent of women smoke into their third trimester.
In an effort to reduce this number, Parisâ€™ public hospital system and the National Cancer Institute have launched a pilot study that offers women up to â‚¬300, or $440 CDN, if they kick the habit.
Women who are over the age of 18, are less than four months pregnant, and smoke more than five cigarettes a day can participate.
Watch the video above to learn more about this pilot study.
Smoking while pregnant can have dangerous effects on a womanâ€™s unborn baby. This includes increased chances of miscarriag, stillbirth, birth defects and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
If youâ€™re a smoker and become pregnant, the Public Health Agency of Canada advises you quit immediately and avoid second-hand smoke, which can be just as damaging to your unborn baby.