Quit Smoking with the Help of your Phone

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Smoking kills 400,000 people every year in the US alone. There are many ways to quit smoking, and here are some mobile smart phone apps for that purpose. Studies show that majority of quitters have a difficult time to maintain their routine and sometime go perverse during detoxification. Your phone and these apps can be here to help.

Since iQuit - (Free) iPhone

If you're after an uncomplicated interface that lets you know very clearly what you have gained, Since iQuit will serve nicely. You enter the date and time you quit smoking, how many cigarettes you smoked daily and how much it cost you. The front page tells you exactly how long it has been since you kicked the habit, in years, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. The Money Saved page tells you how many cigarettes you have not smoked and how much money you have saved. 

iQuit - (Free) iPhone

Different quitting methods work for different people; for some, the gradual approach is the best one. iQuit offers you a timer that tells you when you can go have a smoke, gradually increasing the time between cigarettes and a goal. When you load the app up for the first time, you can input your habit stats, how many cigarettes you smoke and how much it costs you. An in-app Facebook connection lets your friends follow your progress and guilt you into staying quit. 

Quitter - (Free) iPhone

Another really simple app. An interface tells you how many days it has been since your last cigarette and how much money you have saved, based on the information you feed the app when you first boot it up. If you fall off the wagon, you can restart by tapping the "information" icon and re-entering your new details. It does, however, assume that there is only one generic 20-cigarette pack size, which can give you wrong information if you buy packs of 25 or 40. 

Coach Quit - (Free) iPhone

We were hoping this would be a video of the "No, Gary, No" dancers, but alas. You also have to worry about something that calls itself "highly ingenious", but Coach Quit isn't a bad little app. It allows you a certain number of cigarettes a day, gradually decreasing, and each time you want a smoke, it starts a timer that delays your smoke for five minutes. You can then input how much of the cigarette you smoked and whether you found it satisfying. Again, though, no variable pack size. 

SmokeTrack - (Free) iPhone

This is exactly what it sounds like: it tracks how many cigarettes you have per day, and when. Each time you have a smoke, you hit the button. It will log the time of your smoke. You can also take notes each day, sort of like a quitting diary. Except, well, it doesn't actually seem to do anything to discourage you from smoking. The only indication that this is a quitting app is the disapproving double question mark on the "Having another smoke??" button. 

NoSmokingLife - (Free) iPhone

There is no timer element to NoSmokingLife, but it does allow you to enter an accurate pack size, how many cigarettes a day you smoke, and how much a pack will cost you. It will then calculate how much money you save and how long you have extended your lifespan. You can also set yourself a target -- by quitting smoking, you are allowing yourself to save up for a reward of your choice. It could be anything: a new watch, a gym membership, or even saving for its own sake. 

GottaKickIt Now - (Free) iPhone

This is another timer, like iQuit. It gradually increases the time between cigarettes until eventually you're smoke-free. Unlike iQuit, though, the timer resets itself automatically; you don't have to reset it each time you have a smoke. There is also a bell alarm that will let you know, which can be turned off if you find that without a reminder, you clean forget all about smoking. 

Livestrong MyQuit Coach - ($0.99) iPhone

The MyQuit Coach application from Livestrong.com creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. This physician approved app is easy to use and helps you to evaluate your current status, set attainable goals, and adjust preferences according to your needs. Either choose to quit smoking from day 1 and ditch the cigarettes straight away, or gradually decrease your daily nicotine intake and cut down at a steady pace. The app features personalized inspirational photos, motivational tips, and progress charts that will provide you with all the willpower and help that you need. 

Quit Smoking Now With Max Kirsten - ($7.99) iPhone/iPad

Max Kirsten is a world-renowned, highly-qualified clinical hypnotherapist, who became The Times newspaper's leading ‘self-help' expert in 2009. Max brings his famous ‘Quit Smoking Now' program to iOS, which has already helped thousands of people to kick the habit. The app is packed full of great features to help you quit, such as an introduction video and getting started session, the main ‘Quit Smoking Now' program, a booster session to keep you going strong, a quit smoking e-book and guide, a smoking calculator, and a whole lot more. It may be a little more expensive than the other iOS apps that aim to help you quit, but for little more than the price of a packet of cigarettes, this proven quit smoking program could help you put a stop to an unhealthy habit. 

Smoke Out - ($0.99) iPhone

Smoke Out is another handy little application that's great at keeping track of your progress with many motivational features. Keep track of how long it's been since your last cigarette, calculate (approximately) how much of your life you've saved by not smoking, see how much money you've saved, and view excerpts and links to pages that detail the benefits and offer support on cutting out cigarettes. What's great about Smoke Out is you can post your accomplishments and stats to Facebook and Twitter and update your friends and family on your progress for some much-needed motivational boasting. 

SmokeBreak - (Free) iPhone

SmokeBreak enables you to track and visualize your smoking habit, and guides you to achieving your personal goals, whether that's to quit smoking completely, or just cut down on your daily intake. SmokeBreak adapts to you and creates a personalized program based on the information you give it, and then issues you with a daily "report card" that awards you with stars for achieving your goals, beating your goals, or for avoiding cigarettes completely. 

My Stop Smoking Coach With Allen Carr - ($2.99) iPhone

This iPhone app claims to help you quit smoking the "fun and easy way," by turning what could be a long and laborious task in to a game. My Stop Smoking Coach delivers ‘Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking' as an interactive game that provides customized feedback and the impetus to help you quit, once and for all. Choose your personal coach from one of Allen Carr's six experts and he/she will give you personalized tips and advice. There are 14 innovative games designed to help you "remove all illusions created by nicotine addiction while having fun." The reward system enables you to keep track of your progress with a freedom meter designed to display your progression from dependance to freedom. 

QuitNow! by EAGIN Software - (Free) Android

Are you quitting smoking? Want to quit? Let this application help you 

Quit Smoking by Incelligence Inc. - ($4.99 ) Blackberry 

Quit: Read This Book And Stop Smoking is an evocative little application packs a remarkably powerful message. The author, a former pack-a-day smoker for 20 years, presents a succinct program to help people kick the habit. His technique is simple, based on a few distinct steps: Determine why to quit smoking, rank each cigarette smoked for its importance to your lifestyle, gradually reduce the number of cigarettes smoked, quit, and finally guard against a resumption of smoking. 

Quit Smoking Tracker - ($1.99) Blackberry 

Track the amount of money saved by quitting smoking, the life you extended, the cigarettes you avoided, and the chemicals you avoided since you quit smoking.

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