Addicted to cigarettes? Researchers studying apps to help you quit smoking

Jonathan Bricker is the principal investigator of the Smart Quit study. Photo by Bo Jungmayer.

Jonathan Bricker is the principal investigator of the Smart Quit study. Photo by Bo Jungmayer.

If you’re a daily smoker and just haven’t found a way to curb the habit, there’s an app that can help you stop smoking.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is looking for adults who have smoked five times every day for the past year and who want to quit within the next month. The Center, in collaboration with the University of Washington and Redmond-based startup 2Morrow Mobile, is conducting a study of iPhone apps designed to help people quit.

The study is called Smart Quit, and it’s analyzing two different apps that feature interactive tools to help smokers deal with the urge to light up. The app features step-by-step guides for quitting smoking, personalized plans for quitting and scientifically-based guidelines to help choose a smoking cessation medication that’s best for a given individual.

“This is the first-ever study of any smartphone app for quitting smoking,” said Jonathan Bricker, principal investigator of the Smart Quit study, in a press release. “Smartphones are a potentially revolutionary quit-smoking tool because you can carry that support with you anywhere.”

The program is free and participants that try out one of the two apps will receive $25. If you’re interested, sign up here.

On a slightly unrelated note, the Fred Hutchinson Center just named former msnbc.com executive Jennifer Sizemore to the position of vice president of communications, a role in which she’ll oversee media, community and government relations as well as branding and marketing for the non-profit.

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