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Adult daily smokers sought for quit-smoking iPhone app study

Participants in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center free Smart Quit study, led by Jonathan Bricker, will receive mobile tools to help cease smoking

March 11, 2013
Jonathan Bricker

"This is the first-ever study of any smartphone app for quitting smoking," said Dr. Jonathan Bricker, Public Health Sciences Division. "Smartphones are a potentially revolutionary quit-smoking tool because you can carry that support with you anywhere."

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Adults who've smoked daily for at least the past year who want to quit within the next 30 days are needed for a study of a quit-smoking iPhone app being conducted by the Hutchinson Center in collaboration with the University of Washington and 2Morrow Mobile.

Led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker, a psychologist in the Public Health Sciences Division, the Smart Quit study will randomly assign participants to one of two iPhone application quit-smoking programs. The goal of the study is to learn which of the two programs is the most useful for people who are quitting smoking.

"This is the first-ever study of any smartphone app for quitting smoking," Bricker said. "Smartphones are a potentially revolutionary quit-smoking tool because you can carry that support with you anywhere."

Participants randomly assigned to either program will receive:

  • Interactive tools for dealing more effectively with urges to smoke
  • A step-by-step guide for quitting smoking
  • Personalized plans for quitting and staying quit

Both programs are free. Participants will be asked to complete online questionnaires, including one brief follow-up survey during the next two months. They will receive $25 after completing the two-month follow-up survey. Eligibility criteria include:

  • Being age 18 or older
  • Having smoked at least five cigarettes daily for at least the past 12 months
  • Wanting to quit in the next 30 days
  • Being interested in learning skills to quit smoking

The Hartwell Innovation Fund supported this study.

For more information about the Smart Quit iPhone study, please visit www.smartquit.org or email smartquit@fhcrc.org.

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