The 11 Best Quit Smoking iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
12 Best Smoking Cessation Apps of 2013
It is so easy to pick up a smoking habit with a single puff. According to a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) survey, each day more than 3,800 minors smoke their first cigarette. Many of these minors grow up to be regular adult smokers.
While smoking cessation apps are not miracle workers, the following apps are filled with tips and tricks to aid you in your journey towards becoming a former smoker.
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach - Dare to Quit Smoking
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 3,597 ratings – Free
As with weight loss plans, approaches to smoking cessation vary greatly. The personalized strategies to quit smoking in LIVESTRONG's MyQuit Coach app can help you find the right program for your lifestyle. Through the physician-approved app, you’ll analyze your current consumption, set more tangible resolutions, and customize preferences based on your specific requirements. Choose to quit immediately or simply reduce your nicotine intake over time, while tracking your cravings and when you succumb to them.
Quit It Lite - stop smoking now
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 245 ratings – Free
Sometimes the littlest things can make the greatest impacts. Quit It Lite is a small, motivational program that encourages and supports current smokers to quit and former smokers to remain, well, former smokers.
Quit It Lite counts all those cigarettes you resisted and rewards you with a tally of all the money you saved and tar you avoided since reducing or quitting altogether. Furthermore, it shares additional benefits of smoking and allows you to share your successes with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Apple user DJ*REDD said this app is “worth having if [you’re] serious about being successful at quitting.”
Android – 4.2 stars with 4,183 ratings – Free
Every smoker has made their fair share of empty promises to themselves and to loved ones. Remember the "I promise, this is my last one" line? Fortunately, the Quit Smoking app is better at living up to its claim than we sometimes are about living up to ours.
Quit Smoking gets rave reviews for keeping clients smoke-free. “It has been 103 days today since I’ve had a smoke. It feels good to have an app that tells you [you’re] doing great,” said one reviewer. This widget app gradually weans smokers off cigarettes through a step-down program, continuously adjusted to your personal pattern. It truly is as simple as it sounds, even if quitting smoking isn't.
My Last Cigarette - Stop Smoking Stay Quit
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 227 ratings – $0.99
My Last Cigarette, an app based off a smoking cessation plan that became popular in the early 2000s, has helped thousands stay smoke-free. The app, with its retina display artwork, makes quitting more attractive than that toxic pack of cigarettes.
Just enter your smoking information and personal details, and the app will give you 10 different readouts that will keep you in the know with statistics about your improved health, lifespan, and savings. The app also tells you your estimated nicotine, CO2 levels, and expected cravings. If that's not enough, you'll also learn how many others have died of smoking-related illnesses since you quit smoking.
Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation
Android – 4.7 stars with 626 reviews – Free
Sometimes it takes just one person, and other times it takes a village to effect change. Quitting smoking will be one of the most major changes you make in your life, so why not lean on others a little?
Cessation Nation will not only tell you how much money you've saved, how many cigarettes you've avoided, and how much your health has recovered, but for those moments when facts are not enough, it will also offer you a fun, distracting game to play to put off the cravings. The app also offers you access to a large community of smokers and ex-smokers, who are only too happy to support you through your drive to be smoke-free.
Android – 4.0 stars with 43 reviews – Free
One of the wackier apps we came across, tweetsmoking helps you make Twitter part of your smoking cessation plan. The App facilitates shares about your successes, failures, and questions. tweetsmoking also features displays that exhibit your skin's improvement and vitamin C replenishment since cessation. Most quirky, perhaps, is its rose graphic. It becomes more youthful with each day that you don't smoke. As you continue your journey, the app promises that you will eventually see the rose in its most beautiful state. Now that's something to look forward to!
Craving To Quit
iPhone – 4.0 stars – $49.99
Pricier than most phone Apps, Craving to Quit is an entire smoking cessation program from beginning to end. It’s a 21-day plan developed and tested by Judson Brewer, an addiction psychiatrist at Yale University, that’s been formatted in an easy-to-use phone app. You’re allocated a daily cigarette allowance, and slowly the app brings you to a point where you’re smoking no cigarettes at all. You can also be matched with a Quit Buddy who helps you stay accountable and smoke-free.
Get a craving? The Want-o-Meter walks you through the intense urges of a craving by helping you either smoke mindfully or pass the time until the craving stops. And don’t think you can ignore the app. It’s programed to remind you to check in.
iPhone – 4 stars with 18 ratings – $0.99
If seeing how much money you save by not smoking (a feature of this app) doesn’t convince you to stay quit, a running tally of how much your health has improved just might. For each day you go without a cigarette, the app shows you how much your risk for certain diseases has fallen.
If you need a little pick-me-up from people going through the same thing you are, Butt Out connects soon-to-be former users so they can provide encouragement and motivation. Reviewer Hollyb78 said, “I've tried over and over again for years to quit smoking. This app is such a great help. I like that you can see your health getting better day-by-day.”
UCSF/SFGH Stop Smoking
iPhone – 5 stars with 5 ratings – $0.99
A team of experts at the University of California, San Francisco developed this app to help users find the help they need. The university has used the program behind this app for several years. Research suggests users who use it are just as successful at quitting and staying smoke-free as people who use the nicotine patch.
Have you ever felt that your mood makes you more inclined to light up? Using this app, you’ll soon be able to understand the connection between your emotions and your cravings—and then the app will help you find a creative way to handle these feelings.
Stop Smoking – Mindfulness Meditation App to cessation smoking (Free)
iPhone – no ratings – Free
When it comes to kicking the habit, sometimes your mind is more powerful than you think. Research suggests meditation and mindfulness can help people beat addiction. Download the new Stop Smoking – Mindfulness Meditation App and prepare to tackle your next craving head-on.
The App plays timed meditation music and mindfulness practices. Select either 5-, 10-, 20-, or 40-minute sessions. Then sit back and let the cravings and anxiety sail away. Upgrade the app with in-app purchases that build your library of meditations and mindfulness practices.
Android – 4.5 stars with 3,629 reviews – Free
Have you been feeling anxious since quitting? Or are you too anxious to even contemplate quitting? QuitNow! will help you cope with the overwhelming emotions with specific and grounding, real-time data that puts it all in better perspective.
You'll learn the time, down to the minute, since your last cigarette. You can also see how much money and how much time you've saved by avoiding cigarettes. If you want to know the benefits of kicking the habit, this app shares health improvement statistics for each day you’re cigarette-free. You can share your successes on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms, too.
Upgrade to QuitNow! Pro ($5.95) and unlock full customization of your health records and advanced accomplishments.
Use the Apps
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, more than 440,000 individuals die annually from smoking-related cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases. The Surgeon General reports that tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the nation.
The good news is that you don't have to be one of the fatalities. Although smoking cessation can be difficult, it's not impossible. In fact, according to another recent CDC study, there are more former smokers today than current smokers. Get one step closer to joining them by picking up your smartphone and downloading one or more of these smoking cessation apps. For the price of a pack or two of cigarettes, you'll spare yourself far greater costs down the road. You have nothing to lose but your expensive habit.
We selected these smoking cessation apps based on their potential to aid people in quitting smoking in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to smoking cessation and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make smoking cessation more manageable.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
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