KVOA Tucson: New iPhone app to help Arizona smokers quit

PHOENIX – As part of tomorrow’s “Great American Smokeout” the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline has announced the development of the “Call It Quits” iPhone app.

The app, wich will be released later this year, includes a number of features to help smokers overcome their tobacco addition, according to a news release from the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline.  Arizonans will be able to connect with others trying to quit through social networking sites, track goals and earn achievement badges as they quit, and access tips and tricks for overcoming daily cravings.

“Overcoming tobacco addiction is a constant struggle, whether a smoker is making a first attempt to quit, has stopped smoking for a month or has been quit for years,” said Wayne Tormala, Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau Chief for Tobacco and Chronic Disease.   “The Call It Quits app on Facebook is another tool that smokers can enlist in their battle against tobacco use.”

Tomorrow, smokers are encouraged to take steps towards quitting during the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout.”  Seventy percent of smokers will attempt to quit at least once in their lifetime, but fewer than 5 percent who quit on their own stay quit for six to 12 months, according to the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline.  Most smokers quit eight to 12 times before quitting for good.

Arizona has one of the lowest smoking rates in the nation: 16 percent compared to the national average of 20 percent.

If you’d like to be notified when the “Call it Quits” app is available, visit:

http://www.callitquitsapp.com/

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