Smoking is one of those habits that’s really tough to ditch, despite people having a strong determination to curb it. Consider an average person for instance, who is a heavy smoker and has become addicted to nicotine, smoking his cigarette packs on the regular. They’re very well aware of the life-threatening effects of the same and want to quit their habit of puffing in those toxic gases, but know that simply saying “No” to these gas tubes on the next day isn’t enough.
So, how can we help an average person lead a nicotine-free life? Well, we scoured the Play Store and found the best apps that can help you quit smoking:
10 Best Apps to Quit Smoking
Recommended by thousands of quitters, Smoke Free is a very useful app to help you quit smoking. This well-designed app has a clear layout, showing all the data that you would need to see frequently & upkeep your motivation. It calculates your yearly savings, the number of cigarettes you avoided, the number of smoke-free seconds and even how much life you have regained! It also uses the data to tell you how much of a non-smoker you have become, in various bodily parameters like pulse, Oxygen levels, Nicotine ingestion, breathing, energy levels & so on.
You also get various missions each day with a personalized GIF message to keep you going. It is available as a free app with some in-app purchases, if you need some more motivation.
If you want an app that’s simple & sorted, you can use Quit Now. It presents all your information in a well laid out manner, which is very easy to navigate. The home screen of the app shows you some unique details like the day you started the process and shows you the exact time in seconds for the same. But, what sets this app apart is the ability to chat with a community of people like you, who are willing to give up smoking. You can chat with them, discussing your feelings & challenges during the course and even reply to someone’s specific comment.
There’s also a Twitter-esque Mentions tab that shows if someone tagged you in their comment. The app also awards you with achievements upon meeting a certain goal, as well as shows your health gain in percentage.
It has a free version, which packs in the basic features and it should be good enough for most people. However, there is also a paid version, if you want to go into a bit more depth with your motivation. Go for this if you want your quit smoking app to make your life easier, with an interesting presentation of your health data.
Quit Tracker is another popular app that’s recommended by a lot of cigarette-quitters. It’s easy on the eyes, with its white and red material theme design, and provides all of the necessary details that someone should keep an eye on front and center. The app displays the total time you’ve been smoke-free, money saved, and other similar progress figures first. You can then see money and life expectancy numbers underneath, along with tips for all those who’re struggling to keep away from nicotine, and achievements/ health goals.
Quit Tracker also asks you to list your reasons for smoking, maintain a diary, or distract yourself with mini-games baked in the app. It may force some ads on you but it doesn’t hinder the experience and a premium subscription helps you get rid of them, while also adding new features like a homescreen widget, statistics, custom styles, more rewards, etc. to the fold.
Stop Smoking: EasyQuit
Don’t be intimidated by the screenshots below. EasyQuit by Mario Hanna may look a little funky and colourful but it’s one of the best apps which can help break your nicotine addiction. It isn’t a whole lot different from the aforementioned apps and gives you the motivation to stick to your decision by display money saves, cigarettes you didn’t smoke since you quit, beat the urge to light up, and the biggest motivator — how quitting has benefitted your health.
If you’ve not yet quit smoking, and you’re looking for help with quitting smoking, the app comes with a ‘Quit Slowly’ mode baked into it, where you can set up a plan to curb nicotine addiction without any instant pain, suffering or intense craving.
Drop It! Quit Smoking
If you want a quit smoking app that has been designed to assist you & not bother you with all the nonsensical stuff like messages & games, then this one will surely appeal to you. Bathed in Material Design goodness, it shows you your data that matters, like time without smoking, numbers of cigarettes avoided, money saved & so on. The health data is shown in bars & is surprisingly pleasing to the eyes, in comparison to the overly-detailed presentations of the previous ones. But then, it has nothing else to keep you engaged or distract you from your cravings. Go for this one only if you want something simple or are short on storage space on your Android device.
Sobriety Counter (aka Quitzilla)
Sobriety Counter is an app made specifically for curbing any addiction that might plague your life. It’s good for someone attempting to go nicotine-free and that’s because it does not jump straight to questions or stats but instead, it shows you a bunch of havits and you have to choose the habit you want to give up and gain access to the tracker and all its tools after this process. It also shows you some key figures since you quit and can motivate you to not give up with a rewards and trophy room.
The one thing that I like about Sobriety Counter is that it’s clean and simple-looking. The app isn’t cluttered with features and has only the ones necessary to present you a fulfilling experience. I’ve used this app in the past to curb my fast food addiction and the ability to see a detailed analytical breakdown is great too. There are some non-intrusive ads splayed across the board, but a premium subscription can easily fix that.
Flamy is easily one of the most well-designed and feature-rich apps which can help anyone having a hard time beating their cigarette addiction. It presents you the option to choose between 2 types of programs – a free “14-days challenge” and paid “One less every day” regime to give up on the habit slowly. I picked the former and the app offered me tons of help, such as achievements, my health status, and an improvement in taste or smell, to help me stay true to my goal.
The highlight feature of Flamy is, however, the ability to challenge a friend on who would be able to stay nicotine free for a longer period of time. All of this comes for free. However, if you pay for the Pro version, the app is also going to show you detailed analytics, your craving triggers on a map and also offers motivation, games, and tips to stay away from cigarettes.
Stop Tobacco Mobile Trainer
While some apps allow you to track the timeline since you quit, others like Stop Tobacco Mobile Trainer are designed to gradually help you kick the habit. This app asks a ton of questions related to your smoking history and then devises a 21-day regime to help you give up those gas tubes. It needs you to complete four tasks – a daily challenge, reflection into your habit, answers about smoking, and a review of the day.
This app also packs relaxation techniques and mini-games to keep you from picking up those cigarettes again, especially on a day of extreme craving. Though I love that Stop Tobacco strives to curb your addiction and is mindful of their process, it has a lot of ads and that’s just annoying. I’d have placed this app higher up but the continuous spam of full-page ads ruined the experience. It’s certainly a huge turn-off for someone looking to quit smoking.
If you’re a minimalist and money is your biggest motivation to quit smoking, well, then it seems this aptly-named app called Smoke Money is designed for you. There aren’t many features here and you only see the sum total of money you’ve saved since you quit. You have to input the date you decided to quit, the number of packs you smoked each day or month, and what each pack costs in your country.
Smoke Money then calculates your savings and shows the same front and center. It also shows your previous attempts to quit and you can reset your attempt at any time. It’s a great app if you’re looking to use monetary savings as your inspiration to quit smoking.
Craving to Quit
Craving to Quit takes a slightly different but mindful approach to help you quit your smoking addiction. It follows a 21-day program, which is based on a smoking cessation program developed and tested at Yale University and is spread out over a course of four weeks. The highlight of this app is that it uses video and audio tutorials you need to watch each day, coupled with meditation, cigarette tracker, and daily achievements.
While this is a great app, and one that deserves to be higher on this list, it does feel a little cluttered at times, and has a major chunk of the program locked away under a premium $24.99 a month subscription that can hinder the progress made during the 3-day trial period. But, once you pay up, you’ll get access to a hoard of additional features and live calls with experts.