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.

According to the NCI, 20 percent of American teens are smokers and most will continue to smoke as they age. Even though many teens want to quit, many don't know how. So the NCI is hoping this modern day advice line will help some kids through the difficult process of giving up smoking.

SmokefreeTXT is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' efforts to develop mobile health programs to Americans. The federal agency has been designing mobile programs with a team of experts over the past few years.

At the beginning of 2012, the Smokefree Teen program will launch a free smartphone app called QuitSTART, which is an interactive quit guide for teens that delivers cessation and mood management tips, tracks cravings, and monitors quit attempts, much like the text program.

"With 75 percent of youths between the ages of 12 and 17 owning a cell phone, there is immense potential for mobile technologies to affect health awareness and behavior change among teens," said Erik Augustson, a behavioral scientist in NCI’s Tobacco Control Research Branch.

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    January 1, 2012 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. hamsta

    i can tell u a thousand quitting methods that dont work-make that a thousand and one.the only method that has worked for me-the e-cigarette is in proscess of being banned by the fda.they claim pure nicotine with water vapor has trace chemicals.i wonder if these bozos realize neither water nor pure nicotine is carcigenic.i guess real cigarettes dont have a couple of thousand chemicals in them.exactly how safe is that chemical the obama administration added to make them fire safe?what does that chemical do to the consumer?

    January 1, 2012 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Surprised the FDA wants to ban electronic cigs? Shouldn't be. They will ban anything that isn't produced and marketed by the major pharmaceutical companies. The "war" on smoking is supported by the big money corporations that will only get richer from convincing consumers it is better to swallow a pill or apply a patch.

      January 3, 2012 at 07:49 | Report abuse |
  3. Jennifer

    I think this is a great way to keep kids accountable but in a way that teens will actually find useful. It's true that many teens want to quit but dont know how- I was in the same situation when i was a teen and was only able to stop because of good friends and relatives which might not be the same for most kids. I'm glad people are constantly coming up with new ways to help teens out. It's a rough time of life and they need all the help they can get! Brilliant idea, I hope it will be beneficial to many kids who want to stop smoking.

    January 2, 2012 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Having a text helpline is better than not having one. Addictions suck and people typically don't know they're hooked on somethng until it's too late. It's good there are people who care enough to set up help centers like these so the possibility for early intervention or even prevention is increased.

    January 2, 2012 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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    ANd now they are texting and drinking and driving and taking pills

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    Makes sense

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    This is so going to work. *sarcasm off*

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    Yo! Smoking kills, stop.

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