Smart devices and a future of hybrid tobacco cessation programs

Rachel Pulverman, Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees

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Abstract

The Internet and mobile "apps" on smart devices are increasingly being seen as primary tools to combat tobacco abuse with the development of several online tobacco cessation programs. This article reviews the small and recent body of research into the functionality and effectiveness of these Web-based programs, most of which are now being designed for mobile devices rather than for fixed computers. Based on current research findings, it is apparent that successful future tobacco cessation programs will utilize a wide variety of features available through smart devices and mobile applications, but will also incorporate the capacity to easily access live healthcare professionals as necessary, either online or in-person. These hybrid models of behavioral intervention for tobacco cessation appear likely to be more successful than previous approaches, but require more evaluation than has occurred in the past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalTelemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

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