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Texting program to help teens quit smoking
January 1st, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Texting program to help teens quit smoking

Teens love their cell phones. In an effort to help young smokers kick the habit, the National Cancer Institute is creating a new program called Smokefree T-X-T. It's a free text message service that provides 24 hour encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking.

And it's easy. Teens sign up and select a reasonable date to quit. After that, text messages timed to their selected quit date are sent on a regular basis. Following their quit date, they will continue to receive texts for up to six weeks. Smoking experts say six weeks is a critical time, because that's when most people need the support to stay off the tobacco for good. The government agency also provides a website where teens can talk to one another about their efforts to quit.

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