Free (Paid version available for Android: $4.95USD, Apple IOS: $3.99USD)
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 a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ 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.
Reviewer: Brendon McIntosh, Community Pharmacist, Māori Pharmacist Association Date of review: November 2017 Comments: " This app is most helpful for people who want to quit smoking but just to track days and not engage in other activities relating to quitting. A nice and easy dashboard showing how many days they have quit for and how much money they have saved. Easier than trying to remember what date you quit or writing in a dairy. The app has nothing extra to increase engagement from the person wanting to quit. It has a timeline from the WHO about the positive health effects that can come days, months and years after quitting but this isn’t very exciting or motivating for the person.It may be fine for someone who just wants to track their days smokefree or amount of money saved, but doesn’t have any extra encouragement to push the qutter along when times get tough." Safety concerns: "None." New Zealand relevance: "It is a very basic app so can be relevant to New Zealanders except the chat is either UK or USA, does have other languages too which could help our multicultural population."
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 Security& Privacy: Data captured in the app is used to fulfill purposes specified by the developer (Fewlaps). The developer also claims that the information is protected by reasonable security safeguards. Information about personal policies can be made available readily. Users are expected to abide by Netiquette rules after joining the QuitNow Community. Platform Support: Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Android 4.2 and up. Performance: App is responsive and features are performing as designed. Impact of app on battery: App includes features such as online community, data backup which will drain the battery but it won’t be extensive as no audio or video streaming involved. Data Sharing: Data sharing is available. Some basic statistical data can be shared.
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This 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”.