Respiratory Medicine in Dundee
The Department of Health is trying to prove that although it can spend more money than the GNP of a small African nation on a dysfunctional patient database, it is up to speed with the world of mobile technology. They have produced an iPhone app to help patients quit smoking and surprisingly it, well, actually works (as an App I mean, I couldn’t attest to its impact). There are prominent hints and tips about kicking the habit and a few nice scary facts (in red, no less) to try and keep the underlying fear factor above the “can’t be arsed” threshold. By far the best feature however is the timer that starts from the second you quit and then tracks how much money you have saved. If nothing else I recommend non-smokers to download it and start the counter for that nice warm smug feeling you get when you see how much of your cash hasn’t gone up in smoke. I will have to restrain myself from shoving it in the faces of smokers and laughing though….