Text Messages May Double a Smoker’s Odds of Quitting

Text Messages May Double a Smoker’s Odds of Quitting

smokingSmokers can now receive text messages with tips on quitting smoking.

“Text messages seem to give smokers the constant reminders they need to stay focused on quitting,” said the study’s lead author, Lorien Abroms.

Text2Quit and SmokefreeTXT are the programs where smokers were able to respond to the quit smoking text and ask for additional help or pick a new quit date. At the moment where smokers had a strong urge to smoke they would receive a tip or a game that would help them overcome the craving.  The study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine online, involved 503 smokers who were recruited from the internet.  The results indicate after six months, the researchers found those using the text-messaging program were much more likely to quit than the group that received self-help material. 

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