Text support

Text support is an effective smoking cessation support which can increase quit smoking attempt success and save healthcare systems money.

Text messages can reach individuals wherever they are located, without them having to schedule time to seek support. Text support can also be interactive, providing individuals with extra support when they need it most.

A number of studies examining the effectiveness of text support programs have been published, and all of them have found that text support programs are effective at helping smokers in their quit attempts.

Digital multi-media smoking cessation interventions
2008 trial shows text, email and web support can increase quit success.

A trial in Norway published in 2008 followed 396 participants using various aspects of a fully-automated cessation support intervention that included text support support along with email and web support. The trial found 12 month point prevalence of cessation among the text support group to be 37.6% compared to 24.1% in the control group (P = 0.005). A full 92.9% of participants in the text support group found the automated support to be “helpful” or “very helpful”.

Brendryen H, Kraft P. Happy Ending: a randomized controlled trial of a digital multi-media smoking cessation intervention. Addiction, 2008;103:478–84