How effective are mobile phone-based interventions at helping smokers to quit?
In this review, only one study attempted biochemical verification of quitting at 6 months, and one at 6 weeks. In programmes aimed at young people, where minimal direct contact and anonymity appear to be desired elements, attempting verification may have adverse effects on the collection of follow-up data.
Innovative effective smoking cessation interventions are required to appeal to those who are not accessing traditional cessation services. Mobile phones are widely used and are now well-integrated into the daily lives of many, particularly young adults. Mobile phones are a potential medium for the delivery of health programmes, such as smoking cessation.