Text messages help smokers kick the habit

From NPR’s Shots blog:

Some good news about texting: A review of studies published by the Cochrane Collaboration finds that smokers trying to quit the habit are helped in a big way by supportive messages sent via text.

We all know it’s really hard to quit smoking. Dr. Pamela Brar, an internist in private practice in La Jolla, Calif., says only 5 percent of smokers succeed the first time they try to quit. “Most people will try over a five-year period, if they’re really motivated, as many as six to eight times before they’re successful,” she says.

That’s why the results of this new analysis are encouraging. With help from text messages, hopeful quitters actually doubled their chance of success.

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