How Modern Technology Can Help You Quit Smoking for Good

How Modern Technology Can Help You Quit Smoking for Good

Lauren Diffendarfer

by Lauren Diffendarfer

Medical Educator

posted on Jan 29, 2015, at 9:48 pm

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THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – smoking tobacco is dangerous to your heath. In fact, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in America, causing an astounding 1 out of every 5 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although current cigarette smoking has declined about 4 percent since 2005, it is still prevalent and detrimental to Americans.

extinguishing cigaretteAs researchers are finding more about the
dangers of nicotine, formaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic, etc., more smoke-free campaigns and laws are becoming implemented and “quitting” technology is improving. According to an article from the Journal of Adolescent Health, smoke-free air laws and other statewide tobacco control campaigns are effective and successful in limiting young adult smoking.

There are several means of
intervention to help smokers quit, especially with the rise in smartphone use combined with these laws and campaigns. Some of these interventions utilize the Internet, cell phones, smartphone applications, and microelectronic technology. Check out some of the newest ways technology has helped even the most avid smokers, put down their cigarettes.

• WebQuit

WebQuit is an Internet-based online program based on a 5-year research study by Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Basically, it’s an online community of experts that are trained in guiding people who are having a difficult time quitting. The program includes a variety of guides and tools, and even has services that allow you to receive payment.

• 1-800-QUIT-NOW
This method of intervention is great for those who are having a difficult time deciding if he or she should smoke a cigarette or not. The
service is free, and will connect you with an expert from your specific state. These experts have been thoroughly trained in their practice and will give you a variety of information, support, referrals and more, to help you break the addition right away.

• E-Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes, or simply e-cigarettes, are battery operated “cigarettes” that essentially turn nicotine and the other various chemicals traditionally found in cigarettes in a vapor, which is inhaled. Because they are relatively new, and little is known about the actual toxicity of the ingredients that differ from each brand, they are currently not approved by the FDA. With that being said, e-cigarettes could potentially help individuals transition during the quit, but still pose several risk factors so should be used with caution and awareness. According to a study from Addictive Behaviors, e-Cigarette use was more common in individuals dependent on nicotine and highly interested in quitting.

• QuitBit
For many smokers,
QuitBit, a handheld lighter with built in applications, could be a solution. The battery operated lighter tracks each time you smoke a cigarette and displays the information on your smartphone. The app works with the smoker’s individualized needs, help users set realistic goals and remain motivated throughout the process.

• SmokefreeTXT
Similar to 1-800-QUIT-NOW,
SmokefreeTXT is a government program that uses your phone. SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text-messaging service that sends advice, information and encouragement to those who sign up all over America. The 24-7 subscription service is a secure tool that can be easily incorporated with other means of quitting for additional motivation.

If you or someone you know is attempting to break the unhealthy habit of cigarette smoking, consider any of the above intervention options.

We want to know: Do you or someone you know have the desire to quit?

About Lauren

Lauren works as the Medical Educator for the Disque Foundation and has worked closely with us since 2014. She is a full-time student pursuing a BS in Biology at Indiana University as a recipient of the Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship and hopes to attend medical school to become a physician in the future. She is certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and she is also a certified Basic Life Support Instructor for the American Heart Association. She stays heavily involved with health care in and out of her local community, helping plan and coordinate Disque Foundation events, teaching lifesaving skills to the communities and organizations that we serve and volunteering at her hometown hospital in the Birthing Unit.
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