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Text messages can help smokers quit

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Sending motivational text messages can double smoking quit rates among those who want to give up, according to a UK study of 5,800 smokers in The Lancet online.

They received either motivational texts - such as advice on keeping weight off while quitting and dealing with cravings - or non-motivational texts thanking them for their participation or requesting contact details.

Saliva tests verified that 10.7% of those receiving motivation texts quit compared to 4.9% of the other group.

Caroline F, et al. Smoking cessation support delivered via mobile phone text messaging (txt2stop): a single-blind, randomised trial. The Lancet (2011): doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60701-0

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