4 Websites to Help You Quit Smoking

Online tools include live support and motivational apps

There is no way to minimize the fact that quitting cigarettes can be tough. According to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, it can take anywhere from six to 30 attempts before a person can finally kick the habit

Support is key to any cessation effort whether it be from friends, support groups, or medical professionals. The internet can also be a great resource, providing inspiration, referrals, and advice at any hour of the day or night.

Quitting cigarettes is tough enough. Why go it alone? Here are four excellent online resources you can turn to whenever you need support:

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Smokefree.gov is free online resource offered by the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. It provides you all the tool you need to quit smoking and offers separate portals for women, teens, veterans, seniors, and Spanish speakers.

Among the features offered by Smokefree.gov:

  • An online tool to schedule and tailor your quitting plan
  • A live, 24-hour helpline to communicate with a trained specialist
  • An online texting app to help guide you through a six- to eight-week quitting plan, providing you three to four texts daily
  • A comprehensive library of smoking cessation articles, FAQs, and referral resources
  • A phone app that allows you to track your cravings, journal your experiences, and receive inspirational messages

Smokefree.gov is, by far, the best, all-in-one service for people wanting to kick the habit once and for all.

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Founded in 1995, QuitNet takes a community approach when it comes to quitting cigarettes. While not all facets of the service are free, QuitNet delivers a high level of social interaction that other websites can't.

With over 60,000 subscribers, QuitNet offers services ranging from personal counseling to one-one medical advice. Better yet, the free IOS app provides you immediate connection to your support network with just the touch of a button.

In addition their online services, QuitNet can help you find live support groups in your area with their handy online locator.

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Stop Smoking Center, an online service managed by Dallas-based Evolution Health boasts that it is four times more effective in helping people quit smoking than going it alone.​

While it's unclear how strongly supported those claims are, the website does offer an impressive array of tools to help you on your journey to quit. Among them:

  • A mobile app can put you directly in touch with a virtual coach, provide access to a live coach, and connect you with members of the online support community.
  • An online planning tool allows you to tailor your cessation schedule based on an online questionnaire.
  • Their online forums have over 500,000 posts covering more than 50,000 active topics.

While their online library is someone spare, the ability to interact with others makes this an excellent option if you need support today.

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If you're not into social networking and just want a simple tool to provide you motivation, the Quit Smoking Counter may be just what you need.

The handy IOS app evaluates your smoking cessation, the length of time you've stopped, the money you saved, and the number of years, months, and days you've added to your life simply by kicking the habit.

Sure, it's a pretty basic tool compared to some of the others, but it works for those who just a simple reminder of the benefits of quitting without the pep talks.

Source:

Chaiton, M.; Diemart, L.; Cohen, J. et al. "Estimating the number of quit attempts it takes to quit smoking successfully in a longitudinal cohort of smokers."BMJ Open. 2016; 6:e011045. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011045.

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