SmartQuit app

An app aimed at anyone wanting to quit smoking.

SmartQuit Basic features

  • No in-app advertising
  • Basic app features are free but the SmartQuit program subscription is paid.
  • Internet is not needed except while logging in the user and sharing on the social media.
  • User can add a person as a virtual supporter via email who will act as a motivator 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 thinking of quitting smoking. Through a series of detailed questions, the user creates a quit plan that includes identifying what matters to you, thinking about once you quit - how you will spend the time and money saved, recognising the supports you'd like and how they can help, and any smoking cessation medications that you may be taking. The app comprises a program, where the user is made aware of their smoking urges, given daily exercises to help manage their urges, and a recording feature to track urges. The Anytime Coach section provides useful tips, hints and stories aimed at supporting users. Requires paid upgrade to access the full SmartQuit programme (cost NZD $66).

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



PROS ✔  CONS  ✘
  • Recognizes that smoking cessation medications is an important part of the quitting programme and provides some info about them.  
  • As part of creating a quit plan, the user is asked a series of thought-provoking questions to better understand their smoking behaviour.
  • Has an audio-clip that accompanies text info. Great feature for people who prefer listening to info rather than reading it.
  • The About SmartQuit section cites randomized controlled trials in which the SmartQuit app was found to be effective. 
  • Requires paid upgrade for more features, referred to as the "full SmartQuit programme" - the cost NZD $66 may be a deterrent.
  • Calendar feature is dull and not intuitive. 
  • Has a Reminder function, but its purpose is unclear. 
Date of this review: December 2016

Related resources

This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:

Is clinical trial tested SmartQuit app really a smart choice for smokers? iMedicalApps
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