Quit Smoking

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!--paging_filter--pYes, there's an app for that too—smokers who prefer gadgets to patches in their quest to quit the habit can reach for their own smartphones and try out any number of apps claiming to help the cause; but one local company is entering the market backed by Fred Hutch research that proves it can work. a href="http://www.smartquit.org/"SmartQuit /ais a smoking cessation app developed by Seattle startup 2Morrow Inc. and uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which enables people to accept their urges and let them pass. Jonathan Bricker, a researcher in the Public Health Sciences Division, led the first randomized and controlled trial that compares the effectiveness of smoking cessation apps—there are more than 400 on the market, making research more necessary than ever, according to Bricker. The company landed a $250,000 grant from the a href="http://www.lsdfa.org/"Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund/a, a state fund established by former Governor Christine Gregoire that supports life science innovations, which will enable the app to be available later this year./p