If you’re one of the seven million UK smokers who attempt to kick the habit every year, your best Christmas present could be Nicorette’s ActiveStop anti-cigarette iPhone app. Or hypnotherapy.
The free app contains five features designed to aid smokers in giving up: target setting, a wish list, distractions, achievement sharing and information.
Target setting falls under the “Personal Journey Map” section. It’s like a calendar devoted to cigarettes – you set your own personal goals and then keep an eye on your progress. It even produces graphs to keep you informed of your improved health, as well as calculating the money you’ll have saved since beginning to quit.
With the decreased expenditure, you may need an outlet for your spare cash. Nicorette has thought of this, including a reward scheme in the app. The wish list feature provides you with space to fill in items to treat yourself to, once you’ve achieved your targets. It’s more than just a list – it integrates with the journey map to automatically inform you when you’ve earned a treat. It’s a cute idea, and mixing personal and commercial satisfaction may genuinely increase the incentive to give up.
If you’re feeling particularly down, however, there’s nothing like a human support network. That’s why ActiveStop lets you update Facebook and Twitter right from the app. Once you’ve reached a goal, you’re able to post it online for your friends and family to comment on.
There’s also a games section – although one that probably won’t win any awards. The games and puzzles are pretty basic, but they’re really here to draw attention to a larger issue – people who quit smoking tend to look for something to do with their hands. The idea is that after a while, users might realise that sometimes they’re not simply craving a cigarette, but something fiddly and distracting to do with their hands.
Finally, there’s a massive resource for articles, facts and tips to do with smoking. If they don’t help you quit, at least they’ll help you in pub quizzes. Examples include the fact that two-thirds of smokers want to quit the habit, while it usually takes a person between five to seven attempts to successfully kick the habit. The app might prove some much needed support, then.