Colorado Quit-Smoking App Motivates, Tracks Savings
March 21, 2014~ A new quit-smoking app helps calculate how much money you save by avoiding cigarettes, and sends a gentle reminder about quitting whenever you walk into one of hundreds of convenience stores around Colorado. The “Tobacco Quit and Save” app, unique to Colorado, uses GPS information from your phone to tell when you’re near a store selling cigarettes, and also sends reminders that drinking alcohol can weaken your resolve to quit. The free app for both iPhone and Android mobile devices was created by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The app’s developers say it’s the first of its kind produced by a public health agency, and its $35,000 cost was covered by existing anti-smoking funding. It’s modeled on apps and devices such as RunKeeper and FitBit that remind people to exercise and eat healthy.
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