iPhone apps unlikely to help smokers quit

A REVIEW of 47 quit-smoking apps for the iPhone shows most are unlikely to help patients.

One of the major problems with the apps is that while they may provide personalised motivation, few recommend or refer users to counselling, quit lines or other support networks, the researchers said.

Lead author Professor Lorien Abroms, a health communications expert from George Washington University, said most apps failed to mention the benefits of nicotine replacement therapy and around half of them embraced non-evidenced-based techniques such as hypnosis.

The review covered 47 free and paid applications