New research from Fred Hutch shows that an app can dramatically help smokers quit

Jonathan Bricker, professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. (Fred Hutch Photo)

An app developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is nearly four times more effective at helping smokers quit than the average success rate for those trying to kick cigarettes.

A clinical trial of 2,415 adult smokers nationwide found that 28% of participants using the Hutch’s iCanQuit app were able to quit after 12 months. The typical rate of smoking cessation in the U.S. is 7.5%, according to federal data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Fred Hutch study is one of the largest, most rigorous randomized trials to test both the performance of a mobile health therapy and evaluate the performance of an intervention approach known Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), said professor Jonathan Bricker, the study lead.

“We have the evidence of efficacy,” Bricker said. “Now we can look at how

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