For example, a survey revealed that approximately 60 % of smokers were not asked about their smoking behaviours on their visit to a clinician, and approximately 67 % of them were not advised to quit smoking .
In order to minimize the huge gap between the need and demand for smoking cessation service, health-care professionals should shoulder leadership to provide smoking cessation services that are readily available, effective and cheap.
The primary outcome will be self-reported continuous smoking abstinence.
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Abstinence will be assessed at six time points (4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks post-intervention).
A third outcome will be reductions in number of cigarettes smoked per day.
The rapid development of mobile health technology (m Health) provides unprecedented opportunities to improve health services and to reach underserved populations.
Mobile phone based short text messaging service (SMS) has the potential to deliver smoking cessation support to large population groups, and the effectiveness of SMS programs to improve smoking cessation .
Importantly, mobile phone technologies are a way to reach a large proportion of the Chinese population.