‘Quit smoking’ apps don’t offer best practice advice

In a review of the most popular 50 iPhone and 50 Android quit smoking apps (from the 400 identified in the study), researchers found most did not offer evidence-based advice.

None of the apps recommended smokers call a quit line, whereas US health advice states this kind of counselling more than double the chances of kicking the habit.

Fewer than one in 20 of the apps advised trial of nicotine replacement therapy, but the researchers said they had no data on whether people used the apps alongside other methods.