Following up on yesterday’s Great American Smokeout…, an interesting study was published this year looking at the effectiveness of TEXTING support to help people quit smoking. This was an analysis of several other studies, including over 9000 total participants. Text messages were used either exclusively or as a supplemental part of smoking cessation programs. Although the results were not fully consistent between the individual studies, ultimately the data is encouraging to support use of this ever-present appendage to aid people in quitting smoking.
In fact, the National Cancer Institute has a texting support program for smokers wanting to quit. Smokefree TXT is designed to be a 24/7 support system offering advice, encouragement and tips for tobacco users trying to kick their habit.
More and more, we are finding ways to use technology to help our health. This picture above is from the free e-card collection at the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Use the link above to check out the wide range of health reminders that you can share with your friends and family! Everything from flu shot reminders, to cancer screenings (think mammograms, pap tests and colonoscopies) to yes, quitting smoking.
BOTTOM LINE: Every bit of contact and support that we can give our friends to help them quit smoking is worthwhile- even texting!