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iPhone app to help smokers quit

10th March 2010

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron has launched a new iPhone app that helps people to stop smoking.

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Launched to coincide with ‘No Smoking Day’, the first official NHS ‘Quit Smoking’ app for the iPhone and iPod Touch is available from iTunes, the smokefree website and NHS Choices.

The app will provide daily hints and tips to manage cravings; keep a running tally on how much money quitters have saved since they stopped smoking; track the number of days, hours and minutes since quitting; include a direct link to the stop smoking helpline so they can speak with an adviser when they need to; and help find local NHS Stop Smoking Services.

Ms Merron said: “Smokers who quit using free NHS support are up to four times more likely to be successful. This new app is one of the many innovative ways the government is helping people quit for good and follows the great success of the recently launched Quit Kits, which give smokers the right tools to stop smoking.

“Our vision is to become a nation that is smokefree and last month we launched an ambitious strategy to halve the number of smokers by 2020.”

Deborah Arnott from the charity ASH said: “Around two thirds of smokers want to quit and try time and again. So using modern technology to help them finally achieve that goal is a welcome idea.”

Smoking prematurely kills over 80,000 people in England each year and costs the NHS up to £2.7 billion a year.

 

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