Smokers given £725 gym pass for quitting

A SCHEME to give free gym passes to people who quit smoking in 2013 has been hailed as a success.

Since the idea was launched in January, 20 people have taken up the offer of a 12-week free gym pass in return for signing up to Bolton’s stop smoking service.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with Bolton Community Leisure Trust to give everyone who signs up to quit a pass that is valid at five gyms across the borough, including Bolton One.

Health chiefs hoped the added incentive would encourage more people to give up smoking and that joining a gym would help people beat their cravings.

The 12-week passes are worth £725 and include swimming, gym membership and exercise classes for the quitter and a friend.

It also includes free swim passes for the quitters’ children if they are aged under 17.

So far, 12 women and eight men have taken up the offer, and 14 of the quitters have been going to Bolton One. They have accessed Bolton Community Leisure Trust sites 54 times since joining.

Smoking cessation service manager Adrian Butterworth, from Bolton’s stop smoking service, said: “The new gym pass scheme is going very well.

“This incentive has really hit home with some smokers, as some people may have been put off quitting by worry about weight gain.

“It is well known that exercise can help people quit and the benefits of this free gym membership should motivate people who have perhaps been contemplating quitting for some time.”

After the 12-week pass runs out, participants will be offered 50 per cent off a gym contract.

To take part, people need to sign up with Bolton stop smoking service in Crompton Health Centre.

They will then be able to sign up at their local gym.

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12:22pm Fri 22 Feb 13

exiled says...

another waste of money by incompetent "do-gooders". £725 for 3m membership is exhorbitant and much better deals are available elsewhere. What next - free child care for the quitters so theyc an go to the gym?!
another waste of money by incompetent "do-gooders". £725 for 3m membership is exhorbitant and much better deals are available elsewhere. What next - free child care for the quitters so theyc an go to the gym?! exiled
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12:38pm Fri 22 Feb 13

chas says...

Anybody who wants to join a gym can apply for one of these passes. Even a non smoker can smoke a couple of fags and say that they are a smoker in order to get a free pass.
Anybody who wants to join a gym can apply for one of these passes. Even a non smoker can smoke a couple of fags and say that they are a smoker in order to get a free pass. chas
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4:36pm Fri 22 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

How much would one of these passes sell for on the street????????????It would buy alot of cigs.No wonder the NHS trust is broke.
How much would one of these passes sell for on the street????????????It would buy alot of cigs.No wonder the NHS trust is broke. boltonnut
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9:29pm Fri 22 Feb 13

macauley says...

chas wrote:
Anybody who wants to join a gym can apply for one of these passes. Even a non smoker can smoke a couple of fags and say that they are a smoker in order to get a free pass.
correct i dont smoke,but i want a free pass please.
[quote][p][bold]chas[/bold] wrote: Anybody who wants to join a gym can apply for one of these passes. Even a non smoker can smoke a couple of fags and say that they are a smoker in order to get a free pass.[/p][/quote]correct i dont smoke,but i want a free pass please. macauley
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6:43am Sat 23 Feb 13

grimtown says...

I packed 10 years ago where do i apply. £4000 pa for hotels rooms'£750 pa for ex smokers more asylum seekers per head of capita no wonder Bolton NHS Trust and Council are skint their procurement department must be run by ray charles and stevie wonder,
I packed 10 years ago where do i apply. £4000 pa for hotels rooms'£750 pa for ex smokers more asylum seekers per head of capita no wonder Bolton NHS Trust and Council are skint their procurement department must be run by ray charles and stevie wonder, grimtown
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7:34pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Citizen Cane says...

So this has been hailed as a "success"? No proof that anyone has stopped smoking, but a limited number of supposed smokers have reluctantly accepted free gym passes.

Yet another example of warped public sector thinking and wasting of taxpayer money.
So this has been hailed as a "success"? No proof that anyone has stopped smoking, but a limited number of supposed smokers have reluctantly accepted free gym passes. Yet another example of warped public sector thinking and wasting of taxpayer money. Citizen Cane
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10:25pm Sun 24 Feb 13

brian jones says...

I've never smoked. I must be entitled to something amaxzing like a new house or a car or even a Caribbean holiday. Bring it on!
I've never smoked. I must be entitled to something amaxzing like a new house or a car or even a Caribbean holiday. Bring it on! brian jones
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