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HEALTH: How cell phones could help smokers quit for good

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 09:20 AM CDT
For smokers looking to kick the habit the secret maybe in your cell phone.
How texting could help smokers quit for good.

Texting it's been keeping our thumbs busier and busier with each passing year. But could this activity help smokers kick the habit?

That's the aim of texting programs designed to help those trying to quit. And now, new research shows one of these programs doubles chances of success
George Washington University researchers found that smokers hoping to quit who used a popular texting program called     boosted their chance of quitting within 6 months from 5 percent to over 11 percent.

The program works by sending texts to users' phones like reminders on how much money they could save if they quit. Text the word "CRAVE," and it sends tips to reduce cravings. Tap in "WHYQUIT," and you get encouraging quotes from ex-smokers.

'Text2quit' isn't all that's out there. The government site  offers a similar texting program, free of charge.

For the 1 in 5 American adults who still smoke, it may be just what is needed to finally stub out that last cigarette.

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HEALTH: How cell phones could help smokers quit for good

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