Quit Smoking - QuitNow app

An app aimed at anyone wanting to quit smoking.

Quit Smoking - QuitNow

Basic features

Clinical score

  • Free version has limited features & advertising
  • Paid version has fully unlocked features with no ads
  • WiFi/Mobile data is needed to share progress, connect to the app community and to create a user profile
  • Data can be backed up online 
  • Share your progress via social networking sites and apps
  • Support - has online community 

What does the app do?

This app aims to motivate people who are trying to quit smoking by tracking the amount of time that has elapsed since you quit, how many cigarettes you avoided, the money saved and the time saved (i.e. the number of hours you added to your life). Based on the days you quit, and the number of cigarettes you avoid, the app includes the reminders on the health benefits or gains that you are likely to experience. The paid upgraded version of the app promises more achievements, full chat screen, detailed health screen and no ads.    

For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android).

PROS ✔ CONS  ✘
  • Simple dashboard can be appealing to the user.
  • The users quit statistics are displayed in a simple, easy-to-understand format which can be encouraging.
  • Allows you to say exactly how much a packet of cigarettes costs and how many cigarettes you usually smoke which then gives a reliable estimate of how much money you have saved. 
  • The messages in the community section are not always relevant to quitting smoking and can be a distraction.
  • The app does not contain any information such as tips on how to keep motivated, the harms of smoking, medical therapies, etc. 
Date of this review: December 2016

Related resources

This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:

Practical Apps 5: Smoking

References

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

  1. Whittaker R, McRobbie H, Bullen C, Rodgers A, Gu Y. Mobile phone-based interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Apr 10;4:CD006611. 
  2. Hoeppner BB, Hoeppner SS, Seaboyer L, et al. How Smart are Smartphone Apps for Smoking Cessation? A Content Analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016. May;18(5):1025-31.
  3. Heminger CL, Schindler-Ruwisch JM, Abroms LC. Smoking cessation support for pregnant women: role of mobile technology. Subst Abuse Rehabil. 2016 Apr 12;7:15-26.
  4. Baskerville NB, Dash D, Wong K, et al. Perceptions Toward a Smoking Cessation App Targeting LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adults: A Qualitative Framework Analysis of Focus Groups. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2016 Nov 18;2(2):e165.
  5. Ubhi HK, Michie S, Kotz D, et al. Characterising smoking cessation smartphone applications in terms of behaviour change techniques, engagement and ease-of-use features. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):410-7.
  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