An increasing number of people have been using NHS services to try and give up cigarettes and more than one third is still not smoking after one month.
In the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS area there were almost 72,000 attempts to quit through NHS services in the last two years. After one month around 25,000 had still been smoke free. In the most deprived areas which have been targeted to cut smoking and improve health there were almost 43,000 attempts to quit with almost 14,000 successful after one month.
In Glasgow and across the country health boards exceeded the targets for quit attempts. The Evening Times award winning Clear the Air campaign worked with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire to encourage people to seek help to give up smoking.
The NHS support has been recognised as the most effective route to successfully giving up smoking, with counselling and nicotine replacement therapy available.
Greater Glasgow accounted for more than a quarter of all attempts to quit across Scotland. There were 235,937 quit attempts in the whole country made with almost 90,000 successful after a month.
Michael Matheson, Public Health Minister said there was still work to do on reducing smoking.
He spoke as the Scottish Health Survey revealed a quarter of adults said they were currently cigarette smokers and a quarter of men and almost a fifth of women said they drank more than the recommended limits
He said: "Smoking and drinking levels have been declining over recent years, however, there is still much to do.
"Smoking is the primary preventable cause of ill health and premature death and each year tobacco use is associated with over 13,000 deaths and 56,000 hospital admissions in Scotland.
"That is why we are committed to introducing measures to further improve public health, such as minimum unit pricing and standardised packaging for cigarettes."
Campaigners also welcomed the rise in people trying to stop smoking but said there can be a greater effort to stop people starting to smoke.
Kate Alley, Cancer Research UK's tobacco policy manager, said: "These figures prove yet again what a vital role the NHS Stop Smoking Services play in reducing smoking prevalence in Scotland.
"We know giving up can be tough but smokers are four times more likely to quit with support from the NHS."