Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My QuitLine for iPhone


Quit smoking is not easy for most people. But with help of iPhone, it might be a bit easier. Now, smokers who are interested in quitting for good can get substantial support and assistance from their smart mobile devices iPhones with new free application offering a live quitline coach and live text to advice on how to drop the dangerous addiction.

Developed by The George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) and the National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative (NTCC), “My QuitLine" application also provides evidence-based treatment for quitting. It connects the user to the National Cancer Institute's quitline service where they speak to a live quitline coach or use live text to get advice on quitting.

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GW's Dr. Lorien Abroms, assistant research professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health, designed the application with feedback from the NTCC, after reading an NTCC report about the lack of iPhone software that link smokers to proven therapies.

"Quitline counseling has been shown to double a person's chance of quitting smoking. It is important to make sure that in these new media environments, people still receive information about what has been proven to work in quitting smoking, and get access to tools that are based on these proven therapies," said Abroms.

While the Apple app store has other applications to help people quit smoking, no others use products or services recommended as effective by the 2008 Public Health Service Guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.

"The My QuitLine app finally gives iPhone users access to an evidence-based method to help them quit smoking. The best part is that it is free and proven to work," said Todd Phillips, director of the NTCC.

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Phone Counseling Hours (1-877-44U-QUIT): Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m local time. Help is available in English or Spanish languages and totally free.

Live Help Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m ET. Help is available in English or Spanish languages and totally free.

Do checkout My QuitLine on iTunes. This certainly can be an effective, free way to quit smoking for all those who are looking out for help to quit smoking.




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