Using Mobile Technology to Kick the Habit
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Like any other business sector, smoking cessation is "going mobile." Those looking to kick the habit with the help of their phone can sign-up for any number of services, try an app or get one of the novel smart products. In this report, we're presenting you some of the most innovative solutions we've seen.
Smoking cessation is "going mobile," and those trying to kick the habit with the help of their phones can sign-up for any number of services, try an app or get one of the novel smart products.
In the U.S. alone, there are around 45 million smokers, 70% of which report they want to quit, according to the Centers for Disease Control; and 23 million want to do so each year. Smoking kills more than 400,000 Americans every year, and is responsible for approximately one in five deaths in the US.
As we've already mentioned, users can try out few different "mobile methods" to stop smoking, though not all of them will work equally. Our brief research tells us that services — whether text or app based — have the biggest chance of succeeding, business wise, as they are usually tied into a bigger platform offering an array of behavior changing programs. Apps alone may not be the best way to kick the habit, while smart devices are too new to tell.
Most, if not all, products, apps and services covered in this report have already been mentioned at mHealthSpot.com. That was our basic selection criteria. Additionally, we searched the Web to find out what has worked for users to get to the more complete picture.