Smoking is bad for you: fact. Amongst other things, it causes lung cancer, high blood pressure, emphysema and prematurely ages your skin.
The New Year is a great time to make resolutions: fact. You can set yourself personal goals, kick old habits and feel better about yourself.
So why not combine the two and make giving up smoking your new year’s resolution?
You’ve probably wanted to give up smoking for some time, and there are plenty of mobile apps designed to make that nicotine comedown easier and facilitate your desire to kick that 20-a-day habit.
And when you realise that more than 100,000 people every year die of smoking-related diseases and a cigarette shortens your life by 11 minutes, it’s enough to make you abandon the Lambert and Butlers.
Here are 10 of the best mobile apps to help you say a final farewell to those negative nicotine sticks.
NHS Quit Smoking. iPhone – Free
One of Britain’s proudest achievements – the NHS – offers its own app to help smokers fast become ex-smokers. It has an impressive array of features on offer too, including daily support and instant tips, updates on how much money you’ve saved, how many days you’ve resisted the nicotine urge, a direct line to the NHS Stop Smoking helpline, and links to local NHS Stop Smoking services in your area.
Livestrong MyQuit Coach – Dare to Quit Smoking. iPhone – Free
Programs designed to help you quit smoking vary as much as their weight loss counterparts, but this app allows you to choose a strategy that’s suited specifically to your individual needs and lifestyle. It’s a physician-approved app so you can customise your preferences, analyse your smoking consumption, and set realistic cessation deadlines. You can stop smoking immediately, or over a period of time.
Quit It Lite –Stop Smoking Now. iPhone – Free
The smallest things often make the biggest difference, and this app is the perfect program to motivate, encourage and support you. It’s great to help smokers stop smoking and ex-smokers to remain ex-smokers. It tots up the cigarettes you’ve resisted to reveal the money you’ve saved and levels of tar you’ve prevented being pumped into your body. It also has a social media setting that allows you to share your progress and benefits of not smoking with others and friends through Twitter, Facebook and email.
Quit Smoking. Android – Free
As with all addictions, it’s easy to promise yourself it will be the last one – but this app is guaranteed to keep you on the right, smoke-free path to recovery. It’s generated quite a buzz amidst users and garnered rave reviews. Its success is largely down to its step-down program, which adjusts itself to the patterns of your daily life. Quitting isn’t easy, but this app is – and the results speak for themselves.
My Last Cigarette – Stop Smoking Stay Quit. iPhone – £0.69
Expanding on a cessation plan that was popular in the early 2000s, this app will help you beat smoking and stay on the straight and narrow. By entering your personal details and smoking habits, this app provides you with ten different readouts that offer you advice on improving your health, the savings you’re making, and your lifespan. Not only that, it tells you about your estimated CO2 and nicotine levels and the possibility of imminent cravings. And to put it all into ghoulish – but blatantly honest – context, it also tells you how many people died of smoking-related illnesses since you stopped.
Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation. Android – Free
There’s nothing wrong with relying on the help and support of other people sometimes, especially if it’s to provide some encouragement to help you get through one of the toughest challenges of your life. The Cessation Nation app tells you how many cigarettes you’ve avoided, how much money you’ve saved, and how your body is recovering. It even has a fun game to play designed to distract your attention from the temptations of imminent cravings. You also have access to a large community of smokers and ex-smokers who will encourage you on your journey to smoke-free success.
Tweetsmoking. Android – Free
This app fuses the trials and tribulations of quitting smoking with the technology of Tweeting. It’s a way of letting you share your joys, sorrows, successes, failures and questions with other Tweeters going through the same experience. Cleverly, it also incorporates a graphic that shows how your skin has improved since you stopped. It even has an unusual and admittedly quirky touch of a rose graphic that blossoms the less you smoke.
Craving To Quit. iPhone – $49.99
This is a complete cessation program from start to finish – a 21 day plan designed by Yale addiction psychiatrist, Judson Brewer. It’s an easy-to-use app that allocates you a daily smoking quota and reduces it over time until you’re not smoking at all. If you want, you can pair up with a Quit Buddy who can council you through those smoke-free hours. And when those inevitable cravings creep up on you, the Want-o-Meter guides you through your urges until they pass. The app also handily reminds you when to check in.
Butt Out. iPhone – £0.66
Seeing the amount of money you can save from not smoking is a good way of convincing people to quit – but even if that doesn’t, seeing the damage it does to your body and how your health can be improved by stopping, certainly will. Every day you resist a cigarette, the app shows how your risk-factor of disease has fallen. The app also connects you to other quitters for motivation and support.
Stop Smoking – Mindfulness Meditation App. iPhone – Free
The brain is a powerful organ, and research has suggested that various states of meditation and mindfulness are particularly potent practices for people to help combat addiction. Downloading this app forces you confront your cravings head-on with a series of meditation exercises that can run anywhere from five to 40 minutes.
These 10 apps are designed to make your quest for a smoke-free life so much easier. With their help, it won’t be long before the only place you’ll deem suitable for a packet of Marlboros is the bin.