There are plenty of reasons to stop smoking, most of which you’re probably aware of if you’re reading this. I won’t get into those here, instead I’ll focus on some new tech that can help you quit.
I’ve been a smoker for the last nine years and this year marks the first time I’ve decided to proactively try to quit. I’m using one of the new e-cigarettes as a way to get off actual cigarettes. While the electronic versions are far and away less harmful than their tobacco counterparts, I’ve realized I’m just trading one bad habit for another slightly less bad habit. The e-cigarette still has nicotine, which we all known is poison.
If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking, you know it’s one of the hardest things you can ever do. Many in the science and medical community agree it’s more difficult to drop cigarettes than hard drugs. If you have the discipline and drive to quit, some new tech products might make your journey a bit easier.
Enter the Quitbit electronic lighter and mobile app. It’s currently a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter attempting to raise $50,000 for mass production. Just a few day into its campaign, it’s already more than halfway there. When used together, the lighter and mobile app keep track of every time you light up, empowering you to track your smoking habits and visualize exactly how often you smoke.
The real benefit is in setting goals to reduce how often you light up. The Quitbit has a built-in display on the side that shows you how long it’s been since your last cigarette, how many you’ve had in a given day, and how many (and how often) you’re allowed to pull another stick from the pack to keep in line with your goal.
Using the mobile app, you’ll be able to interact with a community of like-minded users who are all on their own journey to quit. Positive encouragement and reinforcement always helps us reach our goals, regardless of what they’re about; and quitting smoking is no different.
As part of the Kickstarter campaign, you can pledge $79 to guarantee yourself a Quitbit lighter before it launches to the general public early next year. Kickstarter backers get their units in December they say, so you’ll still have a few months to wait before it’s in your hands.
While you wait, there are plenty of other quitting alternatives worth looking into. The electronic vaporizers, like the one I use, have helped many people give up cigarettes completely, and you can pick one up for as little as $25. Even after adding in the cost of the refills (called “juice”), you’re still saving money over a carton of smokes, especially if you live in a larger city where the price of a pack is pushing $10.
Regardless of which quitting solution you opt for, don’t be discouraged if one doesn’t work for you. Try something else. Stay motivated. Keep on. You CAN quit, and you’ll be better off for it. Build a quit plan and find more support at SmokeFree.gov.