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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This app can help cigarette smokers quit, study finds

There’s an app for everything.

Now there’s even a smartphone app that has proven to be effective in helping cigarette smokers kick the habit, a study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found.

iCanQuit, an app that uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), proved to be nearly 1.5 times more effective than the National Cancer Institute’s app QuitGuide “in helping smokers quit after 12 months,” according to Fred Hutchinson.

“Our study offers a new approach to quitting smoking,” said Dr. Jonathan Bricker, the study’s lead researcher and professor at Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division. “By deploying ACT-based methods that focus on acceptance of smoking triggers instead of avoidance of smoking triggers, we believe iCanQuit can help more smokers kick the habit and thereby reduce premature deaths.”

Researchers conducted a large clinical trial with 2,400 adult smokers from across the country. They discovered “for every

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