According to WHO reports, tobacco is responsible for the death of roughly 6 million people each year. This high number isn’t too surprising when you consider the fact that tobacco kills up to half of its users. When you look at those numbers, it boggles the mind why anyone continues to smoke past their impressionable teenage years.
And if you’re like most smokers…you have tried to quit smoking…lots of times. And no one is saying that it’s going to be easy, but there are several cessation techniques that can be of help to you. E-cigs may be of help, and so may be counseling or medication.
E-cigarettes, currently under much scrutiny for their health implications, may nonetheless do you good; a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggested that more than 30% of E-cigarette users quit smoking after around 6 months of making the switch.
Whatever method you choose, you will need extra motivation to aid your cessation efforts. Your android mobile can help provide that. Here is a list of the top 5 android apps which can help you quit smoking.
- This application allows a user to enlist the help of friends and family in their attempts to quit smoking.
- It traces your quitting efforts and uses content from evidence-based research from the U.S. National Institute of Health to provide the user with advice, tips and daily encouragement.
- Â The application interface can also be customized to suit oneâ€™s individual needs.
Get Rich Or Die Smoking
This is an interesting app which provides what is a brilliant incentive for quitting any bad habit â€“ the promise of more money.
- Get Rich Or Die Smoking demonstrates what a user can afford with the savings post quitting while also offering information of how much healthier one is with each smoke-free day.
- It also engenders extra motivation by sharing user-progress with friends and awarding mystery trophies with each achievement in quitting.
Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation
Another application which believes that unity is the key to abstinence.
- It creates a community of smokers trying to quit and ex-smokers while also recording a userâ€™s progress. It tracks how many cigarettes one has avoided, how health has improved, and more.
- The app also offers a fun game to play, specifically designed to distract a user when they feel overwhelmed with cigarette cravings.Â
This app concept is truly unique. tweetsmoking helps make the social-network Twitter, a part of your personal cessation campaign.
- It shares a userâ€™s successes and failures with his friends and also creates a forum of quitters through the smoker hashtag.
- Another interesting feature helps exhibit the userâ€™s skin improvement alongside Vitamin C replenishment since they quit.
Other wacky graphics, coupled with the innovative concept make this a very interesting quit-smoking app.
A most simplistic application that has received rave reviews from its users, Quit Smoking helps users live up to their promises of quitting.
- The application and its widget mechanism, helps wean smokers off their habit gradually using an uncomplicated step-down program.
- Quit Smoking continuously adjusts the program to a userâ€™s personal pattern, which is perhaps what makes it more effective than other similar apps.
With a cool name and some seriously cool features, this app has become quite popular. The app lets you:
- Log your cravings and smoking
- Set a quit date
- In addition to that the app acts as your quit smoking coach by constantly motivating you.
- It also lets you keep track of things like how much money you saved by not smoking, how your health has improved since you quit, etc.
A lot of smokers like this app as it helps them create a database of how many times they have smoked and makes them aware of their average cigarette count, time between smokes, comparison with the previous day, etc.
Green Quit Smoking
On similar lines as Ciggie, this android app lets users keep track of their smokes as well, but divides the entire process of quitting into two stages—Recording and Restraint. This means in the first stage smokers can record their smoking habit, and restraint is when they use this awareness to wean themselves off cigarettes, by lighting up only when the app reminds them to.
Based on the principle of restraint this app too is useful for smokers who do not want to quit cold turkey, but gradually reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke till they are ready to give up completely. The app helps smokers track their daily smoking routine and the letâ€™s them know when itâ€™s okay to light up the next one.
So, which app should you go for? Frankly, itâ€™s a subjective decision. People get motivated by different things, so the app you choose should be one that offers features that you think would help you kick the butt for good.
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