Study: Cell phone messages may help smokers quit

November 14, 2012 2:52:46 PM PST
Text and video messages designed to help quit smoking nearly doubled the success rate for attempted quitters. That's compared to people who didn't have such help.

Researchers from the University of Auckland found that would-be quitters made it without cigarettes for at least six months when reminded and encouraged through cell phone messages. That's compared to five percent who did it alone.

Also, quit lines offer free, telephone-based counseling with a live person. Officials say those lines get about 14 percent of quitters to succeed.


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