Quit Guide app

An app from the National Cancer Institute aimed at anyone wanting to quit smoking.

 Quit Guide

Basic features

  • 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

*This app is awaiting clinical and user reviews. If you are interested in helping with reviews, contact sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz   

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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
Date of this review: December 2016

Related resources

This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:

QuitGuide is a great, free smoking cessation app from the National Cancer Institute iMedicalApps, August 2016


The following references relate to articles about apps for smoking cessation:

  1. Whittaker R1, McRobbie H, Bullen C, Rodgers A, Gu Y. Mobile phone-based interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Apr 10;4:CD006611. 
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  6. Abroms LC, Lee Westmaas J, Bontemps-Jones J, et al. A content analysis of popular smartphone apps for smoking cessation. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Dec;45(6):732-6.
  7. Finkelstein J, Cha EM. Using a Mobile App to Promote Smoking Cessation in Hospitalized Patients. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2016 May 6;4(2):e59.
  8. A handbook on how to implement mTobaccoCessation WHO publication, 2015