Leverage technology — apps, smartphones, online communities — to bolster your support network
Besides being constantly connected to friends, family, and other members of your quit team, the rise of smartphones, social media networks, and apps have ushered in a new era of smoking cessation support.
There’s a number of smart phone apps, social media groups, and scheduled text message reminders and motivators to keep you focused and determined.
But how do you know which ones to choose?
Reputable organizations like Smokefree.gov, a resource backed by the National Institute of Health, offers through its Facebook channel a specialized group page dedicated to quitting smoking. Followers post about their personal challenges and successes and receive advice and encouragement from fellow group members.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute of the United States, released their free quitSTART App to help individuals quit smoking with tailored tips, information, and inspirational messaging. It also helps monitor your progress and earn badges for reaching milestones and other achievements.
With so many options available, it’s easy to find a technological tool that fits into your lifestyle and daily routine.