5 Helpful Quit Smoking Apps

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    A Smart (Phone) Approach to Quitting
    Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy: I’ve done it thousands of times.” While a new study suggests it actually takes an average of 30 attempts (not thousands) to quit smoking for good, 30 is still a daunting number. There’s good news, though: finding the right support can improve your chances of reaching success, and many people are turning to new smartphone apps for help. It can be hard, however, to sort through the noise and find the right app for you. Keep in mind quitting is about more than just tobacco. To really kick the habit, you’ve got to manage cravings, stress, and weight gain, among others. The best apps help you manage these factors and more—while following established guidelines for smoking cessation. 



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    1. Craving to Quit
    This app is based on a 21-day smoking cessation program developed and tested at Yale University. Its content focuses on mindfulness and helps you pay attention to your cravings so you can understand them better—and ride them out instead of acting on them. Resisting cravings can interfere with—and eventually break—the addictive loop in your brain, so when you quit, you quit for good. The app is free for the first three days, and then you’ll need to upgrade to the premium version for $1 per day. This version includes access to a live coach and active community moderated by a mindfulness expert. Craving to Quit is available for iPhone and Android devices.



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    2. UCSF/SFGH Stop Smoking
    This app is an extension of a 13-year project by the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. It was tested by a team of experts and backed by eight years of clinical research studies. In the app, you’ll track how often you smoke, your mood, and healthier choices you make instead of smoking. You’ll learn how your mood and activities influence your cravings, set goals for yourself, and receive guidance as you reach your quit date. UCSF/SFGH Stop Smoking is available for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store.



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    3. Quit Smoking NOW – with Max Kirsten
    Max Kirsten is a clinical hypnotherapist who developed this app based on his program proven to “help you become a ‘non-smoker’ in your mind.” Now, if hypnotherapy seems a little too “out there” for you, it may bring you comfort to know this app has helped both actor Ewan McGregor and singer Adele kick the habit. The app includes several audio hypnotherapy sessions to help you gain the right mindset and set yourself up for success. You’ll receive tips on quitting and be informed about what to expect, and there’s an “SOS” button ready to provide you with effective hypnotherapy when you need to beat a craving. This app also provides assistance to former smokers after they quit, plus help if you relapse. Quit Smoking NOW – with Max Kirsten is $6.99 on the iTunes App Store.



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    4. LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach – Dare to Quit Smoking
    This physician-approved program offers a personalized quit smoking plan. You can choose to quit cold turkey, or you can gradually decrease your smoking habit. In the app, you’ll track how often you smoke, as well as how often you experience cravings. When you first download the app, you’ll be encouraged to identify exactly why you want to quit smoking, and the app will remind you of this motivation throughout your journey. The app also includes a large social support circle of people just like you who know what you’re going through and can help you reach success. LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach is available for free with in-app purchases on the iTunes App Store, where it’s received an average rating of 4.5 stars from more than 4,700 reviewers.



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    5. My Last Cigarette – Stop Smoking Stay Quit
    If you’re an all-or-nothing type of person, cold turkey may be the way to go. Get help staying smoke-free with My Last Cigarette. This app, a mobile version of software that’s helped people quit since 1999, tracks how long it’s been since you quit smoking, how much money you’ve saved, how many cigarettes you haven’t smoked, and, shows you the health benefits you’re receiving in detail. This app provides you with medical research about the harmful effects of smoking, and will show you clear statistics about the health benefits of quitting, like the reduced carbon monoxide level of your blood, your increased life expectancy, your risk of heart attack and lung cancer as compared to your smoker days, and more. My Last Cigarette is available for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store and is free on Google Play.



5 Helpful Quit Smoking Apps

About The Author

Allie Lemco Toren is a health writer and regular contributor to Healthgrades, where she also serves as Senior Health Editor. Her work has also been featured by ShareWIK Health Entertainment, WebMD, Everyday Health, and Food Solutions Magazine. A graduate of Emory University’s journalism program, Allie particularly enjoys writing about medical innovations, the mind-body connection, and thriving with chronic illness.
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Last Review Date: 2020 Sep 23
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