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Texting Therapy Doubles Success in Quitting Smoking - ABC News

The researchers checked in with participants, who tended to skew female and white, four times over the course of six months to monitor their progress. Those who couldn't be followed up with were classified as "smokers." By the end of the six months, at least 11 percent of the participants using Text2Quit had successfully quit. Only 5 percent of the participants using self-help materials had quit. (The researchers verified the self-reports by taking saliva samples, which shaved the numbers down by about half.) That may not seem like a big deal, but it means that even with a conservative estimate, texting doubled a participant's chances of quitting. If you would like to read more, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/06/319419853/r-u-ready-to-quit-smoking-texting-can-help

By some metrics, such as "capture rate," cigarette smoking is more addictive than alcohol, cocaine or heroin. (Capture rate is the proportion of users who after first using a drug--legal or illegal--go on to become dependent.) But while it's important to understand the difficulties of quitting don't let them defeat you. Yes this is a serious challenge. But know that other people have done it and so can you. There's no shame in trying and failing. If you would like to read more, visit http://womensenews.org/story/health/140609/times-never-right-quit-so-how-about-right-now

Time's Never Right to Quit, So How About Right Now? | Womens eNews

Given how widespread mobile phone use is, its great we can take advantage of it to help people quit smoking. According to the latest estimates by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 42 million smokers in the United States nearly one-fifth of American adults. Despite all of the progress made to curb smoking, it still remains the number one cause of preventable death, accounting for one in five deaths in the United States each year. So given that 81 percent of cellphone users send and receive text messages, according to the Pew Research Center, utilizing text messaging to help smokers quit is an intriguing prospect. If you would like to read more, visit http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2014/06/07/texting-therapy-doubles-success-in-quitting-smoking/