Several years ago I spent some time collaborating with hypnotherapist Chris Holmes on this 'four times more likely to quit' nonsense. He lists his evidence here, and points out:"We know that giving up can be tough but smokers are four times more likely to quit successfully with support from NHS stop smoking services." [Vicky Crichton, CRUK]
Notice how Amanda Sandford from Cash In On Smoking And Health (A.S.H.) tries to suggest that there is convincing evidence to the contrary. This is because A.S.H. is operating entirely to support drug company products in the smoking cessation field, that is all they do. They hammer on and on about “nicotine addiction” and got into legal trouble when they tried to rubbish success claims for the Allen Carr (non-drug) method. None of the drug company products have ever achieved the success rate that Allen Carr’s Easyway International Group proved in court (53%), and A.S.H. were forced to apologise and pay Easyway’s costs, YET THEY DO NOT ENDORSE THE EASYWAY METHOD – which proves they are not really a “public health charity” but a shop window for the drug companies posing as a public health charity.Perhaps the Scottish Government is trying to convince Anne Jones that they are not falling down in the tobacco control race, but when it doesn't really seem to care about anything but attempts to quit, at a public cost of over £40 millions, it's not surprising that it doesn't have better results.