Text Messaging Program Aims To Help Young People Stop Smoking


The National Cancer Institute is teaming up with Mobile Commons, a developer of mobile messaging platforms, to launch a text messaging initiative aimed at helping teenagers and young adults stop smoking, Healthcare IT News reports.

Teens and young adults can participate in the SmokefreeTXT campaign by signing up online or by texting "QUIT" to 47848 (Wicklund, Healthcare IT News, 5/21).

The program offers tailored text messages based the user's mood, craving level and smoking status (Mobile Commons release, 5/14). Users also receive text messages based on their selected quit date and will continue to receive messages up to six weeks after that date (Healthcare IT News, 5/21).

If a user reports that he or she is smoking after the selected quit date, the program asks whether the user would like to continue with the planned schedule or set a new quit date (Mobile Commons release, 5/14).

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