Want to quit smoking? There’s an app for that.

Close Up of Hand Using Cell Phone and Pack of Cigarettes

If you smoke, quitting is the most important action you can take to reduce your cancer risk. Half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up eventually dying from a smoking-related illness.

Research shows that getting help increases your chances of success. And some of the most effective support comes from messages delivered over cell phones.

It’s important to choose a program that’s based on quit-smoking recommendations proven through research to be effective.

  • The Quit For Life® Program, provided by the American Cancer Society and Alere Health, offers a free smartphone app for iPhone and Android that offers daily tips and motivation, a cost-savings calculator, and a calendar to track your success.
  • The National Cancer Institute also has a quit-smoking app that allows users to set quit dates, track financial goals, schedule reminders, and more. It also offers a text messaging service that provides round-the-clock encouragement and advice to people trying to quit. You can sign up by texting “QUIT” to iQUIT (47848) and selecting a date to stop smoking.

Tobacco use causes more than a dozen types of cancer, as well as heart disease, emphysema, and stroke. In the US, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths.

See the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting Smoking for more tips on how to quit and stay smoke-free. Or call us at 1-800-227-2345 for more resources to help you quit smoking.

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