We all know that giving up cigarettes and other tobacco products is the right thing to do. But despite all the health benefits and money you would save, quitting can be really hard.

Quitting can be a lot easier if you have a community of supporters to help and encourage you. And with today’s technology, there are online groups and apps that can help you quit smoking for good.

“People are most successful in quitting smoking for good if they use all the resources they can,” says NP Pam Jackson from the Health Center at Gibson North. “Remember that your on-site Health Center is there for you with resources and motivation. Also, your family and friends can be a big support and give you the strength you need.”

Giving up tobacco is hard. But there are a number of free or inexpensive apps available for your smart phone that can help make this process easier.

Here are just a few:

quite smoking    Quit Now! for Android phones

kicksmoking    KickSmoking for Windows phones

live strong quit   Livestrong MyQuit Coach for iPhones

These apps offer features that help you track:

  • How long you’ve been smoke-free
  • How much money you’ve saved
  • How many cigarettes you’ve refused
  • Health benefits you’ve gained by quitting Quit plans for quitting “cold turkey” or by “tapering down” (gradually decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke)

Some apps also help you connect to online communities for further support and tips. If you’ve been thinking about quitting, have already started, try downloading one of these today. It may be just the extra boost you need to kick the habit!

 

Heart Age Helper

Quit tobacco and improve your Heart Age by an average of 6 years.