Why Quit Smoking?
Smoking — and the use of smokeless tobacco — is the top cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 480,000 people die each year from smoking. Kicking the habit can prevent many of these deaths. We’ve chosen a collection of top-rated apps geared toward making it easier to stop smoking. Keep reading to learn how you can click, tap, and swipe your way to better health.
Smoke Free is based on the theory that what really helps people quit is being able to see and measure their progress. The app will tell you how long you’ve been smoke free, how much money you’ve saved, how many cigarettes you’ve avoided, and how your health is improving. You then get badges for progress and success can be shared with friends. There’s also an option to record a cravings diary.
The creator is also running an experiment to test other features that help people quit. You can choose to participate or decline. People who choose to participate will get additional features to test. The data from everyone who’s a part of the experiment will be collected and used to help develop future versions of the app. If you choose not to be part of the experiment, you’ll still be able to use the app’s regular features and your data will be kept anonymous.
Quitting smoking isn’t an easy process, but it’s necessary to improve your health. Kwit makes it bearable — and even fun — by using gaming techniques. The app has different levels you can reach until you become the “Ultimate Kwitter.” It also provides encouraging statistics, like how much money you’ve saved, and how many cigarettes you’ve resisted. There are even 60 achievements to unlock. And, of course, you can share your progress through social media.
Feeling a craving? Shake your phone for one of 40 different motivational cards to help you avoid lighting up.
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach
LIVESTRONG's MyQuit Coach app can help you quit smoking your way. The doctor-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.
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.
Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation
Quitting smoking is a major change to make in your life, and it’s not always easy to do it alone. Cessation Nation recognizes this fact, and provides you with a virtual village of support to help.
Calculate how much money you've saved by not smoking and how much healthier you are by not inhaling toxic chemicals. The app also features games that can be a welcome distraction when cravings are strong. The built-in community of current and former smokers offers support, understanding, and wisdom from their collective experiences.
Stop Smoking Cigarettes Now
There are many ways to quit smoking. Whether you’ve chosen to quit immediately or gradually decrease your nicotine consumption, Stop Smoking Cigarettes Now can help you attain your goals.
The app keeps a running tally of the cigarettes you haven’t smoked, the financial savings you’ve reaped, and the health improvements you’ve made over time. Track your cravings and read motivational messages from others who are trying to quit through Stop Smoking Cigarettes Now’s community support forums.
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.
Craving to Quit
Craving to Quit is a free trial of Craving to 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 tracking to keep you moving and motivated. You can also upgrade to Craving to Quit Pro in order to access all 21 days of instruction.
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 stress 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.
Online access to others in your situation can help keep you from feeling alone. This app allows you to share your success with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
It’s hard to change behaviors that you don’t understand. For many smokers, moods and situations can trigger cravings. Quit Pro helps you understand where and why you smoke. The app can help you identify more than 20 moods and situations that cause cravings and tell you what time or day of the week when cravings are the worst.
Quit Pro also tracks every cigarette you smoke (or resist). You can then share progress with friends, see the health benefits you’ve gained, and get inspirational quotes from different health organizations.
It’s Not Too Late
Although it can be very difficult to quit smoking, it’s worth it. You’ll reap the physical benefits of being smoke free almost as soon as you smoke your last cigarette, according to the American Cancer Society. Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drops. You’ll be breathing more easily within a couple of weeks. Your risk of heart attack and stroke decreases after quitting as well. It’s not too late to quit!
We selected these smoking cessation apps based on their potential to help people quit smoking in a variety 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 imply warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved them unless otherwise indicated.