11 Best Quit Smoking iPhone & Android Apps of 2012
These Apps will aid you in your treacherous journey towards a smoke free life.
11 Best Smoking Cessation Apps
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, with almost one third growing into regular adult smokers.
While smoking cessation apps are not miracle workers, the following 11 are filled with enough tips and tricks to aid you in your treacherous journey towards smoke free.
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).
iQuit - Stop Smoking Counter
iPhone - 3 stars and 59 ratings - $1.99
For those of us, who are most inspired by cold, hard facts, there is iQuit - Stop Smoking Counter.
After inputting relevant information into the easy-to-use dashboard, i.e. the day and time you quit smoking and the number of cigarettes that you smoked each day, iQuit - Stop Smoking Counter measures the impact of smoking cessation on your health and finances in real time, presenting you with pertinent information including the number of cigarettes you haven't smoked, your improved health statistics, life extension, and money saved since quitting. If you haven't stopped yet, then just one look at this data should motivate you to press iQuit's stop smoking button and kick some butts.
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach - Dare to Quit Smoking
iPhone - 4.5 stars with 3124 ratings - $3.99
As with weight loss plans, approaches to smoking cessation vary—as much as the personalized strategies to quit smoking on health empowerment site LIVESTRONG's MyQuit Coach app. 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.
iPhone - 3 stars with 37 ratings - $4.99
Do you find yourself smoking after breakfast, before a work meeting, or at happy hour? GottaKickit Now (GKI) aims to break you of behavioral associations by putting you on a smoking schedule that is determined by time.
With a touch of the info button, you can determine how many days you've been on plan, your then and now intake, and more, and see firsthand how you've conquered your physical and psychological dependence on nicotine.
Get Rich or Die Smoking
Android - 4.7 stars with 10K-50K installs in the last 30 days - Free
For those of you who've tried everything else, sometimes there's no greater incentive to quit than a financial one. That's why Get Rich or Die Smoking helps you stop smoking by demonstrating what you can afford with your savings since quitting.
The app also informs you about how much healthier you are with each smoke-free day and allows you to share your successes with friends; but considering how rewards-focused you are, you'll probably care more about the mystery trophies you can unlock with each achieved milestone.
Quit It Lite - stop smoking now
iPhone - 4 stars with 96 ratings - Free
Sometimes the littlest things can make the greatest impacts. Quit It Lite is a small, motivational program, which 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 minimizing or quitting altogether. Furthermore it shares additional benefits of smoking and allows you to share your successes with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Android - 4.1 stars with 100K-500K installs in the last 30 days - Free
Every smoker has made their fair share of empty promises to themselves and to loved ones. Remember that "I promise… this is my last one" or "My New Year's resolution is to quit once and for all." Fortunately, the Quit Smoking app is better at living up to its claim.
One of the most installed apps, Quit Smoking gets rave reviews for keeping clients smoke-free. 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 stars with 1035 ratings - $0.99
Since the dawn of the new millennium, My Last Cigarette has helped thousands stay smoke-free. Now, the app by the same name, with retina display artwork and universal compatibility, makes quitting more attractive than that toxic pack of cigarettes.
Just enter your smoking information and personal details and presto: 10 different readouts will keep you in the know with statistics about your improved health, lifespan, and savings, as well as nicotine CO2 levels, and expected cravings information. 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 10K-50K installs in the last 30 days - Free
Sometimes it takes just one person and other times it takes a village — or in this case a nation — 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, as well as access to a large community of smokers and ex-smokers, who are only too happy to support you.
Android - 3.9 stars with 10K-50K installs in the last 30 days - Free
One of the wackier apps we came across, tweetsmoking, helps you make Twitter part of your smoking cessation plan by facilitating shares about your successes, failures, and questions with the use of a non-smoker hashtag, between you and your fellow quitters. tweetsmoking also features displays that exhibit your skin's improvement and vitamin C replenishment since cessation. Most quirky, perhaps, is its rose graphic, which becomes more youthful with each day that you don't smoke. At the end of your journey, the App promises that you will see the rose in its most beautiful state. Now that's something to look forward to!
Created by LyfeChannel and powered by content from Healthline, Quit Companion will help you chart your path to quitting, based on evidence-based research from the U.S. National Institute of Health, and empower your support team to send you daily encouragement. The app will even customize the content it displays to fit your individual needs.
Use the Apps!
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, about 443,000 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. With the operative word being preventable, the ball is in your court.
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 a 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 all five) of the smoking cessation apps, making it or them a part of your cessation plan. For the price of two packs of cigarettes, you'll spare yourself far greater costs down the road. Just think that you have nothing to lose but your expensive habit.
Android - 4.5 stars with 100K-500K installs in the last 30 days - 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, how many cigarettes, how much money — and time — you've saved by sparing yourself those overpriced, time-sucking cigarettes.
We selected these smoking cessation apps based on their potential to aid people in quitting smoking and their loved ones 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.