We selected these apps based on their usability, user ratings, frequent updates, and overall impact in making a valuable contribution to people’s efforts to quit smoking.
Quitting smoking can be incredibly difficult, but it is ultimately worth the struggle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals, and about 70 of those can cause cancer. Smoking also causes heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory problems, fertility issues, and more.
However, quitting at any stage has proven health benefits. In the United States, about 7 out of 10 smokers report that they want to quit, and many are succeeding. According to the CDC, the number of former smokers has been larger than the number of current smokers since 2002.
Fortunately, nicotine gum and going cold turkey are no longer the only options, because we now have many technological tools that can help. Check out our picks for the best quit smoking apps of the year.
Butt Out – Quit Smoking Forever
For much less than a pack of cigarettes, Butt Out helps you stay focused on your quitting goal. The app lets you pick your own motivational picture and read messages of support from the community. Track your cravings and how many times you end up smoking, then watch your progress over time.
Craving to Quit
Craving to Quit is a 21-day program that’s based on research from Yale University. The program is available for a free three-day trial and then for $1 each day. Videos help to guide you through each step of the process. You can also set personal goals and reminders. Craving to Quit takes you one step at a time until you reach the zero cigarette mark.
Get Rich or Die Smoking
This app has a catchy title going for it, and a lot more. It goes further than just showing you how much money you save by not buying cigarettes. It also shows you what you can now buy with that money instead! You can chart your progress and choose to reward yourself with trophies. You still get to see the health progress you’re making, and if you were to give in to a craving, there’s a relapse button to hold you accountable.
If you like games, you’ll like Kwit. The app uses the same techniques to help you quit smoking as game designers use to keep you playing their products and staying engaged. As you progress, you advance levels. There are also 60 achievements to unlock, some of which have information about the health benefits you’re getting from staying smoke-free.
Livestrong MyQuit Coach
Livestrong MyQuit Coach is a virtual coach that allows you to create a personalized plan for quitting. It’s approved by doctors and easy to use. The app lets you choose to go cold turkey or gradually taper off. Along the way, it provides inspirational tips, facts about quitting, and achievement badges so that you remember to feel proud of yourself on your path toward a healthier lifestyle.
Quit It Lite
Quit It Lite uses money as motivation. Cigarettes are an expensive habit, but we often don’t think about how much we’re spending, especially when dealing with an addiction. The app keeps track of the amount of cigarettes you didn’t smoke, and how much money that has saved you. It also tells you the health benefits you’ve gained.
Quit Pro lets you track every cigarette you smoke, or don’t smoke. This gives you valuable information about your habits, like what moods or times of day are more likely to bring on a cigarette craving, so that you can develop a quitting strategy. It will even tell you the places where you’re most likely to end up smoking. Once you know your patterns, and when you’re most vulnerable, you can start to make changes to set yourself up for success.
Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation
Cigarette cravings can get really intense, but the good news is that they go away if you can distract yourself. Cessation Nation helps you do just that by connecting you to a larger social community of quitters through Facebook. The app shows you how much money you’ve all saved, and how many days the group has been smoke-free.
Quit Smoking – QuitNow!
QuitNow! allows you to join a community of over 2 million people who have successfully overcome their smoking addiction. The app helps to remind you why you’re doing it so you keep your eye on the prize. You can get and give encouraging messages using the chat feature. Earn achievements for reaching your goals and then share them with fellow quitters.
Quit Smoking with Andrew Johnson
Like most bad habits, smoking can become a deeply rooted part of your routine. Sometimes it takes thinking outside the box to break through and make a change. Andrew Johnson’s program uses hypnosis to help you relax and give you the encouragement you need to quit smoking. This clinical hypnotherapist uses deep relaxation to help send messages to your subconscious to help you kick the habit.
Log your habits and cravings, track how many cigarettes you’ve successfully not smoked, and learn how much your health is improving with every step on the no smoking track. If you need some extra help and motivation, the app creates missions for you to complete.