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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

BHIC: Mobile App Helps Teens Quit Smoking

Tuesday, March 6, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

A new effort to help teens quit smoking will use one of their most constant companions: the mobile phone. SmokefreeTXT is a free text message service from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips for teens trying to quit smoking. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Its health consequences build up over time and include many different types of cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases.

Nearly 20% of teens are current smokers. "Unless we make efforts to intervene today, they will most likely continue smoking into adulthood, ” says Dr. Yvonne Hunt, a program director in tobacco control research at NIH. Many teens want to quit. Go online to teen.smokefree.gov. To enroll on-the-go using a mobile phone, text QUIT to iQUIT (47848). [NIH News in Health]

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