Text Messaging Linked to Smoking Cessation

Posted on October 31, 2009


Smokers have another intervention to help them quit.

Researchers analysed data from 4 trials in the UK, New Zealand and Norway.

The interventions were:

  1. Text messages with advice and encouragement sent regularly to smokers’ mobile phone
  2. Text messages to the phone in conjunction with email

They found that mobile phone intervention appeared to increase the prevelance of self reported smoking abstinence at 4 weeks after cessation.

They also found an increase in long term self reported quitting  with the Internet and text messsages. Data was taken from the same trials, but both modes of delivery were not evaluated separetely

More studies are planned on the long term effects of mobile phones.  Smoking cessation is part of the health program of makinghealthdecisions.com.