This app can help cigarette smokers quit, study finds

There’s an app for everything.

Now there’s even a smartphone app that has proven to be effective in helping cigarette smokers kick the habit, a study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found.

iCanQuit, an app that uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), proved to be nearly 1.5 times more effective than the National Cancer Institute’s app QuitGuide “in helping smokers quit after 12 months,” according to Fred Hutchinson.

“Our study offers a new approach to quitting smoking,” said Dr. Jonathan Bricker, the study’s lead researcher and professor at Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division. “By deploying ACT-based methods that focus on acceptance of smoking triggers instead of avoidance of smoking triggers, we believe iCanQuit can help more smokers kick the habit and thereby reduce premature deaths.”

Researchers conducted a large clinical trial with 2,400 adult smokers from across the country. They discovered “for every

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Fred Hutch-led clinical trial shows new smartphone app helps smokers quit

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IMAGE: The home screen of the iCanQuit app is seen here. The app is available for Android and iOS smartphone users.
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SEATTLE — Sept. 21, 2020 — Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center believe they’ve found a better of use of mobile technology to help adult cigarette smokers quit.

In a large clinical trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker, a professor in Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division, tested the efficacy of the new smartphone app iCanQuit against the National Cancer Institute’s QuitGuide. iCanQuit is based on acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, and QuitGuide is based on U.S. clinical practice guidelines.

While apps to quit smoking have been downloaded over 33 million times, there has been little proof they actually work. Using a rigorous double-blind, randomized clinical trial involving over 2,400 adult smokers throughout the

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