Some studies contest that stopping smoking may be more difficult than quitting heroin
. Yet, despite cigarettes’ obvious health risks, anyone who’s ever been addicted knows that giving them up is a Sisyphean challenge. However, those who’ve already tried everything from diet changes
needn’t give up, as new technologies devoted to smoking cessation are emerging to help users give up nicotine for good.
For many smokers, the emotional connection to the ritual of cigarettes
is the strongest barrier to being able to put away the ashtray. Clean Life
is a concept technology
that focuses on the psychological hurdles of stopping smoking. The system is comprised of three components: the Breath Analyzer, the Decision Reminder, and the Online Cessation Software and Community Support. The Breath Analyzer allows users to see improvements in their lungs and breath capacity; the Decision Reminder uses galvanic sensors to keep wearers focused and committed; and the Software and Community offers a support system where aspiring quitters can trade tips and cheer one another on.
The e-cigarette, once a fringe vice that most thought to be so far ahead of its time as to be preposterous, is now growing in popularity
. Tobacco addicts tired of feeling like social pariahs are making the switch in significant numbers. Some e-cigarette consumers, however, use the vapor smokes as a stopping off point on the journey to quit. Creative agency R/GA recently fashioned a clever e-cigarette hack intended to help smokers stop permanently. Called Tweeting Ciggy
, the system connects an e-cigarette to a Twitter account that publicly tracks the user’s smoking habits
and provides encouragement in the form of cost-benefit analysis and overall lifespan gains.
My Last Cigarette:
Many dieters have succeeded in weight loss programs with the aid of calorie counting apps
. Now, similar tracking technology
is being applied to smokers’ ongoing struggles with quitting. My Last Cigarette
is an iOS program that calculates quantified insights based on each individual’s unique smoking habits and personal details. Findings pertain to everything from lifespan increase/decrease predictions and circulatory and lung function improvements to financial savings and more. Readouts are updated in real time, providing tangible provocation to crush the habit. Like a pocket life coach, the app delivers daily motivational messages to help maintain unwavering, absolute determination.