Arizona launches “Call It Quits” app for smokers

Arizona Daily Star
Stephanie Innes
Monday, November 14

The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline has launched a “Call It Quits” app in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which is this Thursday. Nov. 17.

The app will debut on the ASHLine Facebook page but will be introduced as an iPhone app later this year, state officials with the Arizona Smoker’s Hotline say.

To sign up for the iPhone app go to www.CallItQuitsApp.com.

Officials with the state-run ASHLine, which is based at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health said  the  new app will keep track of goals, share accomplishments via ‘badges,’ and create support groups, among other things.

 While 70 percent of smokers will make a quit attempt in their lifetime, fewer than five percent who try to quit on their own stay quit for six to 12 months.  Most smokers will quit eight to 12 times before staying quit for good.

The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline, which has been helping Arizonans quit for more than 15 years, and has a nearly 40 percent quit rate at six months.

Great American Smokeout is one day annually when smokers are encouraged to make quit for a day.

The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline offers free telephone quit coaching at 1-800-55-66-222 and free online quit coaching services via WebQuit™ at www.ASHLine.org.

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