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
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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
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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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The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.