According to the NHS that is, I wouldn't go that far yet.
But on my medical records, I am a non smoker. Now that I have stopped taking the Champix off my own back, the advisor is not willing to see me anymore and I have been deemed to have "opted out" of NHS cessation advice.
Fine by me, I don't need a prescription - so I have no need for the NHS either.
It does amuse me that they claim to have the patients best interest at heart and then kick me out of the advice clinic the moment I stop taking prescription medication... drug companies paying for it all, much? I wonder if the service would be better for the users if an organisation like NSD or someone else was funding it? It couldn't get any worse, to be honest.
Still, all that really matters is that I'm not smoking and I do have to admit that without the NHS presribing Champix I would have found it much tougher... and it is nice that I am officially a non smoker.... but I can't help thinking that a lot more people should be successfully quit and easily could be if the NHS offered education alongside chemical assistance.