An App That Helps People Quit Smoking

Can a iPhone app game really help smokers kick the habit? According to a study conducted by the Canada Research Chair in Clinical Cyberpsychology and the University of Quebec in Outaouais, the answer is yes.

Researchers claim that smokers who played Nicot, a $4.99 app game in which players virtually crush cigarette butts, were 15% more likely to stop smoking than smokers who did not. If smokers also used aids like patches or gums their chances of success rose to 50%. Researchers arrived at this conclusion by randomly assigning 91 regular smokers to one of two game tasks: virtually destroying cigarettes or holding virtual balls. Those who crushed cigarettes during four weekly sessions had a significant reduction in nicotine addiction, abstinence rate, and drop out rate.

According to the American Lung Association, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death with tobacco-related diseases killing 392,000 Americans each year. Another 50,000 die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Despite these sobering statistics, smoking is a notoriously hard habit so any effective method of quitting is something to consider.

Would you be willing to give Nicot a try or do you think the app is a bunch of rubbish?

Cult of Mac


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