Smoking cessation apps

The following smoking cessation apps have been reviewed.

App name Description
Quit Guide app   An app from the National Cancer Institute aimed at anyone wanting to quit smoking. Provides useful advice on how to manage cravings, triggers and moods.  
Quit Smoking - QuitNow app   An app to support people who are trying to quit smoking. Simple, easy to use app. Has instant messaging from a “live community” which are not always relevant to quitting smoking. Requires paid upgrade for more features.  
SmartQuit app      An app to support people who are trying to quit smoking. Comprises a quitting program, called the SmartQuit program, which guides the user through a series of steps to quitting. Requires paid upgrade to access all the features and the full program. 
* These apps are awaiting clinical and user reviews. If you are interested in helping with reviews, contact sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz   

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.