You weren’t born yesterday—you know that smoking is bad for you. But you may not know how to quit. Turns out, there’s an app for that. Quite a few, actually. Here are some of the best that use research-based techniques, meditation and hypnosis to help you quit smoking:
Smoke Free, Free
Where do your cravings come from? Start logging them and find out—this app utilizes more than 20 evidence-based techniques to help you understand your cravings and identify your patterns. Track your money saved, life regained, cravings resisted and more. Smoke Free will even tell you when your taste and smell should be back to normal, when your circulation has improved and more, based on when you quit.
Quitting smoking is no fun…but it can be a game. This app uses game design techniques to help you quit, giving you live statistics (money saved, cigarettes not smoked), achievements you can unlock and shareable progress. Feeling stuck? Shake your iPhone to get a motivational message that’ll help you keep pushing through.
Developed by a clinical hypnotherapist, this app induces a deep state of relaxation and uses suggestions to allow your subconscious mind to absorb the stop-smoking message. It promises to help boost your motivation, increase your confidence and up your willpower—all things you need when you’re dropping a bad habit.
Quit It Lite, Free
If numbers and statistics motivate you, Quit It is the way to go. It’ll keep track of the cigarettes you didn’t smoke, showing you how much money you saved, how much tar you didn’t consume and the benefits of quitting.
Stop Smoking – Mindfulness Meditation, $99 for life/$24.00 per month
Can mindfulness training help you quit smoking? One four-week study from Yale University suggests it can—36 percent of smokers using mindfulness training quit smoking by the end of the study, compared to 15 percent using the American Lung Associations Freedom From Smoking Program. Now, there’s a web- and mobile-based program inspired by the research. Craving to Quit is a 21-day mindfulness-based wellness program that includes personal coaching, an online community and weekly live video coaching to help you quit for good.
Livestrong MyQuit Coach, Free
Slow and steady wins the race. This app gives you the option to quit cold turkey or cut back gradually. Either way, you’ll get a personalized quitting plan, tracking capabilities, badges and awards, and motivational messages. Plus, you’ll tap into the power of community, with both the built-in Livestrong community and the option to update your Facebook and Twitter friends as you work on your goal.