An app from the National Cancer Institute aimed at anyone wanting to quit smoking.
No in-app advertising
Requires internet (mobile data/WiFi) for location accuracy
Has social networking options
No online support community
Time-based notifications to prevent cravings and to quit smoking
What does the app do?
This app aims to support people who are trying to quit smoking. Users are prompted to set a quit date and record a personal message, together with a picture, on the reason for quitting. This message is a source of motivation and going forward, every time the user opens the app, the message and picture appear as a reminder. There are options to share on Facebook, track smoking habits such as when cravings occur, or specific moods that prompt smoking and set motivational messages about smoking cessation at the places and times the user is most likely to smoke. For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android).
For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android).
Has provision for user to create a simple quit plan.
Users can add locations or times of the day when you are most likely to crave a cigarette, and then the app sends you a message at this time or at the place (it may be a local bar or friends house) and it just gives you a wee personal reminder about why you are quitting.
Recognizes that smoking cessation medications is an important part of the quitting programme and provides links to smoking cessation medication pages (in the How to Quit section).
Advice provided in the Track my Craving section, is tailored to the strength of craving and trigger - this gives the app a more personalised and relevant feel. Similarly, the Tips and Distractions in the Manage my Mood section is tailored to the users selection making them pertinent and appropriate.
Some links don't work.
The How to Quit section has useful information on the quitting process such as steps to prepare, cravings, withdrawal, slips and staying smokefree, but this information is in lengthy paragraphs of text that is cumbersome for the user to read, especially on a phone. It would be more useful if this important information was summarised and presented in an app-friendly, succinct format.
Graphics and colour display in some sections of My History are very dull and difficult to read.
Cost of cigarettes is in US dollars and outsourced information is to American websites.
Date of this review: December 2016
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
Reviewer: Brendon McIntosh, Community Pharmacist, Māori Pharmacist Association Date of review: November 2017 Comments: " This app is most helpful for people who like to track how they are going daily and record their feelings as a part of the smoking cessation journey. It's useful for anyone who has tried to quit but wants an extra hand this time or something to help them be accountable. It's a very encouraging app that has new alerts pop up each day and allows the person to keep track of how many days they have been smokefree. This app makes quitting fun and more like a game. But also has serious reminders about why you are quitting and the benefits that will come. If only it had NZ links then it would be perfect. " Safety concerns: "None." New Zealand relevance: "The general advice and the medicines talked about are the same as in New Zealand. The only difference is that it links to the American Quitsmoking website and for the money saved part it is in US dollars which only goes up to $10 for a packet of cigarettes. This doesn’t reflect New Zealand prices therefore the money saved part of the app is highly underestimated."
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc.
Reviewer: Unmesh Jyoti Nitin, PGDip Health Informatics, February 2017 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security& Privacy: Data captured in the app is used by The National Cancer Research Institute ('NCI') for statistical purposes and is protected. However, NCI does not take responsibility for security and privacy of data shared by users on social media sites. You can contact NCIsmokefreeTeam@mail.nih.gov for privacy-related issues.
Platform Support : iOS 7.1 or later and Android 4.2 and up.
Performance : App is responsive and features are performing as designed.
Impact of app on battery : App includes location services to improve accuracy which will drain the battery but it won't be extensive as no audio or video streaming are involved.
Data Sharing : No apparent data sharing.
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