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Adults who've smoked daily for at least the past year who want to quit within the next 30 days are needed for a study of a quit-smoking iPhone app being conducted by the Hutchinson Center in collaboration with the University of Washington and 2Morrow Mobile.
Led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker, a psychologist in the Public Health Sciences Division, the Smart Quit study will randomly assign participants to one of two iPhone application quit-smoking programs. The goal of the study is to learn which of the two programs is the most useful for people who are quitting smoking.
"This is the first-ever study of any smartphone app for quitting smoking," Bricker said. "Smartphones are a potentially revolutionary quit-smoking tool because you can carry that support with you anywhere."
Participants randomly assigned to either program will receive:
- Interactive tools for dealing more effectively with urges to smoke
- A step-by-step guide for quitting smoking
- Personalized plans for quitting and staying quit
Both programs are free. Participants will be asked to complete online questionnaires, including one brief follow-up survey during the next two months. They will receive $25 after completing the two-month follow-up survey. Eligibility criteria include:
- Being age 18 or older
- Having smoked at least five cigarettes daily for at least the past 12 months
- Wanting to quit in the next 30 days
- Being interested in learning skills to quit smoking
The Hartwell Innovation Fund supported this study.