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New Telephone Application is Available for People Trying to Quit Smoking

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 12, 2010  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  


Quitting smoking while you’re on the go just got a little easier with the “Become An EX App,” an application for iPhone to help smokers who want to quit to “re-learn” their lives without cigarettes. The “app” allows users to connect directly to the EX plan to help smokers beat their nicotine cravings. App users can play games, watch videos or read top news articles to overcome an urge to smoke by re-focusing their minds on something other than cigarettes.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (DPH) Tobacco Prevention and Smoking Cessation Program partnered with the American Legacy Foundation last year to launch the “Become an EX” campaign in the commonwealth. Smokers interested in kicking the habit are encouraged to utilize this new application.

“Access to the proper tools and resources are essential to quitting successfully,” said DPH Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “The Become An EX App will provide users access to these unique features from their phones in order to stay on track to becoming tobacco-free.”

With the tool, smokers can also use the app to monitor their smoking behavior throughout the day, so they can have advance knowledge about when a cigarette craving will most likely hit and be better prepared to handle it. The app also connects users to the online EX community at BecomeAnEX.org where they can provide and receive support from other EX members. The EX community is a gathering place for smokers who want to quit and collaborate on their successes and challenges in the difficult quit process.

The Become An Ex App is available from the App Store on iPhone or at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-ex-plan/id369931367?mt=8 for 99 cents.

The EX website provides smokers with a free three-step quit plan to help them re-learn life without cigarettes by:

− Re-learning their thinking on the behavioral aspects of smoking and how different smoking triggers can be overcome with practice and preparation.

− Re-learning their knowledge of addiction and how medications can increase their chances for quitting success.

− Re-learning their ideas of how support from friends and family members can play a critical role in quitting.

According to the Legacy Foundation, about 70 percent of Americans who smoke want to quit, but only about 5 percent of smokers are successful in quitting long-term.

“Quitting smoking is one of the most important lifestyle changes people can make to improve and extend their lives,” said Hacker.

DPH is partnering with the American Legacy Foundation and the National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation (NATC) to offer the BecomeAnEX.org website and cessation assistance to Kentuckians who want to quit.



 

Last Updated 8/12/2010