Our reliance on smartphone technology has been highly criticised by the mass media with fears that the apps, websites and social networking sites we rely are leading to forms of addition and antisocial behaviour. Although we are spending hours on consumed by these platforms, there is increasing evidence that this addictive technology may be helping curb other dangerous addictions. There thousands of apps designed to help curb smoking addictions, with the majority focused on creating sustainable goals for quitting. Here at Chooseday we have categorised our top five apps, reviewed by Erica Roth.
1. My Last Cigarette – Stop Smoking Stay Quit
My Last Cigarette is one of the original smoking cessation apps, and it’s easy to see why it’s stuck around. The program has helped thousands of people quit smoking by pointing out the positives. The app calculates the money you’ll save by not smoking, but more importantly, it tells you how much longer you could live smoke free. Daily motivational messages and medical facts help keep you on track.
2. Quit It Lite
Quit It Lite is a motivational program that helps you track your smoking cessation goals in a different way. Instead of tracking your nicotine consumption, Quit It Lite focuses on what you haven’t done. The app tracks the cigarettes you didn’t smoke, the tar that didn’t absorb into your bloodstream, and the money you didn’t spend on tobacco products. The physical benefits of quitting are displayed, based on how long you’ve gone without smoking.
3. Craving to Quit
Craving to Quit is a free trial of Craving Quit Pro, a 21-day smoking cessation program developed by and tested at Yale University. Using group-based training principles, Craving to Quit’s customizable features help you develop goals and remind you to check in daily in order to track your progress. Playlists provide audio and visual instruction, nightly reflections, and exercise tracks to keep you moving and motivated. You can also upgrade to Craving to Quit Pro in order to access all 21 days of instruction.
4. Quit Smoking with Andrew Johnson
Clinical hypnotherapist and stress management expert Andrew Johnson is known for his self-help programs. Johnson’s inspirational messages help people with many kinds of addiction. Now his confidence-boosting program is available to people who want to quit smoking.
For many people, it’s not just the act of smoking that makes quitting difficult, but the situations that make you want to smoke. Quit Smoking with Andrew Johnson teaches you how to break habits that you’ve associated with smoking. The lessons make you relax your mind and body until you’re ready to let smoking go.
5. LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach
LIVESTRONG’s MyQuit Coach app can help you quit smoking your way. The physician-approved app lets you personalize your journey and make quitting smoking fit into your lifestyle. Choose to quit “cold turkey” or reduce your nicotine use with a step-down approach. Features include analyzing your nicotine consumption, tracking your cravings, and making resolutions that are meaningful to you.
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Do you use apps? If yes, is it one above or another?