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5 of the best-rated apps to help you quit smoking

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 14/12/2017 Jenny Cook
5 of the best-rated apps to help you quit smoking © filadendron / Getty 5 of the best-rated apps to help you quit smoking

There's no doubt that quitting smoking is one of the most important health-based decisions you can make, but it can also be really, really hard.

Here, we take a look at some of the best apps on offer that could make the difference between successfully going old turkey and falling off the wagon. From scare tactics to CBT to hypnotherapy, there's bound to be something out there that suits you.

1. LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach

Price: FREE

Customer rating: 4.5/5

Reviewed by doctors, this app acts as your virtual coach – developing a personalised plan for quitting. You can choose to either quit cold turkey or gradually taper off your nicotine intake at a pace that suits you.

The app also allows you to keep track of cravings, so that over time you can identify potential triggers and develop plans accordingly. Keeping track of both cigarettes and cravings also gives quantifiable proof that quitting IS getting easier over time, which provides motivation when the going gets tough. On top of this, achievement badges and a built-in social support circle allows you to share your smoke-free journey with others.

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2. Smoke Free – Stop Smoking Now

Price: FREE

Customer rating: 4.5/5 

This app uses over 20 different evidence-based, science-backed techniques to help you go smoke-free… And stay that way. See how much money you've saved, how many cigarettes you've gone without and how long you've stayed on the wagon using methods that allegedly 'double your chances of quitting'.

Smoke Free also offers users the chance to log cravings and identify any patterns. All data logged is used for research to better understand the science behind quitting, although it is collected anonymously.

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3. Quit Smoking Hypnosis

Price: FREE

Customer rating: 4.8/5

Many people cite hypnotherapy as an invaluable tool when it comes to quitting smoking and if you fancy giving it a go, this is the app for you. It uses hypnosis audio alongside peaceful background music and nature sounds to "change your entire mind-set," and promises so to have you living a smoke-free life in as little as three weeks. There is also the option to have recordings playing on loop as you sleep.

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4. Quit Genius

Price: FREE

Customer rating: 5/5

With rave reviews from thousands of former-smokers, Quit Genius's use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) promises sure-fire success for people wanting to quit. The 4-step programme guides users on a journey to better understand their relationship with smoking, so you have everything you need before your 'quit date'.

Built by doctors, psychologists and other health experts, this app helps you turn unhealthy habits into healthy ones using a fun, gamified process that makes sure you're rewarded for your efforts!

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5. My Last Cigarette

Price: £1.99

Customer rating: 4.7/5

This app uses scare tactics to shock users into going cold turkey for good. Simply enter your personal details alongside particulars about your smoking habit and watch as various indicators display your expected increase in lifespan, lung function and reduced heart attack risk as a direct result of quitting. Access to such 'behind the scenes' improvements may well be the motivation you need to go smoke-free for good, whilst other features such as a money-saving calculator and nicotine level readouts are also included to keep you on track. 

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Good luck!

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