8 OF THE BEST APPS TO HELP YOU QUIT SMOKING FOR GOOD
There's a million and one reasons to quit smoking. The health risks, the cost and the constant shame of finding yourself standing in the 'smoking area' alone.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that 443,000 people die each year from smoking. Kicking the habit can prevent many of these deaths. Yet all smokers will tell you - it just ain't that easy quitting. To help, we’ve chosen a collection of top-rated apps geared toward making it easier to quit. Click, tap, and swipe your way to better health
1. Craving to Quit
Craving to Quit is a free trial of Craving to Quit Pro, a 21-day smoking cessation program. Using group-based training principles, Craving to Quit’s 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.
2. LIVESTRONG My Quit Coach
LIVESTRONG's MyQuit Coach app can help you quit smoking your way. The physician-approved app lets you personalise 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 analysing your nicotine consumption, tracking your cravings, and making resolutions that are meaningful to you.
3. My Last Cigarette
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.
4. NHS Stop Smoking
NHS Stop Smoking uses a variety of tools to help you stay smoke free. The real-life counter tracks your smoke-free days. You’ll find out how much your health is improving with each passing day. You also get to find out more about the experiences of others in your shoes, in addition to getting tips for quitting. The app provides a direct line of communication with the Smokefree National Helpline. Daily notes are designed to motivate you throughout your journey.
5. 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.
Quitting smoking is a big decision to make. Going through with it can be a nerve-wracking experience that produces all kinds of emotions. QuitNow! focuses on the feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed that you may experience when you quit smoking. Real-time statistics break down the process into manageable pieces. You’ll see how long it’s been (in minutes, hours, and days) since you last smoked, as well as how it’s positively impacted your health and your wallet.
Quitter counts how long it’s been since you stopped smoking. The app uses this information to calculate how much money you’ve kept in your pocket since that date. Available features let you upload pictures of whatever it is that keeps you motivated. Looking at a picture of your children or grandchildren is sure to remind you why you’re quitting when the going gets tough. With a tap of your finger, you can boast about your success on your favorite social media outlet, too!
8. 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.
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WORDS BY: Pauline Morrissey
Pauline is the Lead Editor for LOVE & LIST. She clocks off by daydreaming about future escapades & having D&M's with wine in hand. She takes pride in both her appetite for organisation and her Nintendo 64 skills. Pauline describes her fuel for writing much like The Wizard of Oz; in search for more brain, courage & heart.