Poster Title

Theory-based Design of Smoking Cessation Applications

Co-Author(s)

Rosselle Macabata

Research Mentor(s)

Moushumi Sharmin

Affiliated Department

Computer Sciences

Sort Order

60

Start Date

18-5-2017 12:00 PM

End Date

18-5-2017 3:00 PM

Document Type

Event

Abstract

Smoking is a major epidemic in public health around the world. There have been several strategies to combat this issue, yet smoking cessation remains one of the most difficult processes for people to achieve. Many physiological, contextual and social factors contribute to the low cessation rate. In 2015, 15.1% of all adults (36.5 million people) were cigarette smokers in the United States (16.7% males and 13.6% females).18 Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, and according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), only 4% to 7% of U.S. smokers who intend-to-quit are successful on any given attempt without medicines or external help.18 In recent years, there have been a large number of smoking cessation applications released through mobile phones in an attempt to better understand and assist smokers to quit. This idea of using mobile phones to attain smoking cessation has been gaining traction due to the increasing user base of mobile phones. Additionally, applications are often cheaper and more accessible for people than private counseling or medical facilities. Mobile phones and apps running on them combine accessibility and portability with access to proven smoking cessation strategies established in the field. Nonetheless, smoking cessation rates remain low. Therefore, to analyze the effectiveness of mobile applications as a smoking cessation technique, we have analyzed 20 scholarly and peer reviewed articles to help identify features that were effective in helping achieve smoking cessation.

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Language

English

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Theory-based Design of Smoking Cessation Applications

Computer Sciences

Smoking is a major epidemic in public health around the world. There have been several strategies to combat this issue, yet smoking cessation remains one of the most difficult processes for people to achieve. Many physiological, contextual and social factors contribute to the low cessation rate. In 2015, 15.1% of all adults (36.5 million people) were cigarette smokers in the United States (16.7% males and 13.6% females).18 Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, and according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), only 4% to 7% of U.S. smokers who intend-to-quit are successful on any given attempt without medicines or external help.18 In recent years, there have been a large number of smoking cessation applications released through mobile phones in an attempt to better understand and assist smokers to quit. This idea of using mobile phones to attain smoking cessation has been gaining traction due to the increasing user base of mobile phones. Additionally, applications are often cheaper and more accessible for people than private counseling or medical facilities. Mobile phones and apps running on them combine accessibility and portability with access to proven smoking cessation strategies established in the field. Nonetheless, smoking cessation rates remain low. Therefore, to analyze the effectiveness of mobile applications as a smoking cessation technique, we have analyzed 20 scholarly and peer reviewed articles to help identify features that were effective in helping achieve smoking cessation.