His solution was to attempt to get funding for people to take smoking cessation drugs (NRT) in the longer term as a kind of damage limitation exercise. A similar assessment comes from the Tobacco Control blog, discussing Turkey's new anti-smoking facilities:Currently stop smoking services are evaluated on the percentage of 4-week quitters, but around three-quarters relapse after this date.
It’s worth remembering that, if the Turkish experience mirrors international evidence, every hotline call represents several other smokers who have decided to quit on their own. Even in countries with excellent, and often free, quit resources, more than 80% of smokers quit cold turkey (pun intended!) on their own.An editorial discussing this study comments:
One in five Americans smokes [...] and only between 4 and 7 percent of those who try to stop succeed.These people know what a poor success rate smoking cessation drugs have. Yet huge amounts of money are spent promoting them, even on solutions like Champix which occasionally spell disaster for those taking it and their families.
ASH Scotland is on a crusade to persuade the managers of Scottish mental health facilities to remove smoking rooms. Their next event will 'explore the new implementation guidelines' published by the Scottish government. No doubt they will be urged to ensure that smoking cessation meds are always available to patients who are forced into a no-smoking regime at a catastrophic time in their lives. Stopping people from smoking trumps every other consideration.