December 29, 2014
Every year, an average of 42% of smokers make at least one attempt to quit smoking. As 2015 nears, so do the opportunities to start clean and really quit. Everyone has their own reasons for stopping. From personal health to money, there are many reasons to part with the addiction.
The most obvious being your health! Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. And then there is the financial aspect; save money. It’s getting more expensive to smoke cigarettes. State and federal cigarette taxes continue to go up and in some places, a pack of cigarettes can cost $10.00. Even if a pack costs “only” $5.00 where you live, smoking one pack per day adds up to $1,825.00 each year.
Though health and money may seem like personal reasons to quit, cigarette smoke is harmful to everyone who inhales it, not just the smoker. Whether you’re young or old and in good health or bad, secondhand smoke is dangerous and can make you sick. Here are five apps that can help you quit smoking in 2015:
kickit is a beautifully designed app that will help you quit smoking by incentivizing you along the way. Simply input your quit date and a few other details, and kickit will tell you how much you’ve saved and how long you’ve quit for. kickit will also tell you how your health is improving. Starting with frequent updates that help inspire you to continue with your goal, kickit tracks your progress through those difficult moments to the end.
You’ll get all the usual things you want from a cessation app but this app has a bigger contribution to the fight to stop smoking addictions. For this app is an experiment designed to help researchers understand how to help people stop smoking. By keeping a 10-second diary you can shed light on the hardest part of giving up smoking. Each day the app will ask you about the number of cravings you had and how severe they were. That data is utilized by the app to make suggestions help you and the millions of others going through the same experience.
For the smoking gamers out there, Kwit uses game design techniques, game thinking and game mechanics to encourage people to quit smoking. You’ll have access to useful statistics such as the time passed since you’ve stopped smoking, the money you’ve saved and the number of cigarettes you haven’t smoked. You can monitor these statistics live. There are also 60 achievements for you to unlock. When you reach some of them you’ll even get info about the benefits of stopping smoking for your body and your life.
With this app, you get a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. Through a physician approved, interactive and easy to use app, you’ll evaluate your current status, set attainable goals and adjust preferences according to your needs. You’ll finally be able to stop smoking. You will have the option to choose to quit smoking right away or gradually decrease your daily nicotine intake—tracking the times you smoke and have nicotine cravings along the way.
5. Quit It Lite
Quit It Lite is a motivational program that helps you track your smoking cessation goals in a different way. Instead of tracking your nicotine consumption, Quit It Lite focuses on what you haven’t done. The app tracks the cigarettes you didn’t smoke, the tar that didn’t absorb into your bloodstream, and the money you didn’t spend on tobacco products.
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