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iPhone Apps for Smoking Cessation: A Content Analysis

Tuesday, March 8, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Abroms L, Padmanabhan N, Phillips T. Am J Prev Med 2011;40(3):279-285.

This study examined the content of 47 iPhone applications (apps) for smoking cessation to determine their approach to smoking cessation, their adherence to the Public Health Service’s 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, and their popularity (frequency of downloads). Key findings reveal that iPhone apps for smoking cessation rarely adhere to established guidelines for smoking cessation. Overall, apps that were more frequently downloaded were less likely to be adherent to established smoking cessation guidelines. Given the potential of smartphones to reach more young adults and minorities, the authors recommend that current apps be revised and future apps be developed around evidence-based practices for smoking cessation.

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