Why is QUIT RIGHT® the best, evidence-based stop smoking app on the market?
Quit Right® was developed by John E. Hodgkin, MD and other leading experts on smoking cessation with a simple, yet revolutionary goal: Package the best, proven strategies into a simple to use app.
QUIT RIGHT® gives you the information and proven strategies you need to minimize the painful symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
QUIT RIGHT® focuses on 5 vital areas: Behavioral Skills Training, Nutrition, Exercise, Spirituality, and Medications.
We show you how to design an individualized program that will help you stop smoking while staying comfortable. Customization is the key to success.
We provide a wealth of critical information, including answers to frequently asked questions and the truth about so many of the myths about tobacco, nicotine, and what it takes to successfully stop smoking.
Why do so many people struggle to stop smoking?
Nicotine is as addictive as cocaine, narcotics, methamphetamine, and heroin. For the vast majority of smokers, successfully quitting requires much more than raw determination!
Our extensive work in smoking cessation has taught us that, in order to be successful, many will need more nicotine, for longer, than is instructed by many product manufacturers.
QUIT RIGHT® helps you design a customized plan to stop smoking comfortably.
PREPARING TO QUIT
Markedly increase your potential for success by addressing the foundational components that will set you up to win.
A six-question, internationally adopted test that assesses your physiological addiction to nicotine. This test is fundamental to designing your personalized treatment plan.
Determines your baseline level of discomfort, while smoking, and then helps you determine the dose of nicotine medication, and possible need for non-nicotine medications, to optimize your level of comfort after you stop smoking.
Detailed information about the proper use of the nicotine medications (patch, gum, lozenge, oral inhaler, and nasal spray), Bupropion (Brand names: Zyban and Wellbutrin), and Varenicline (Brand name: Chantix).
Valuable insight into how and when to combine the medications used to minimize and eliminate nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which can triple or quadruple the stop smoking success rate.
Clear guidance on when to consider stopping the medications and how to wisely taper off them.
Walks you through the process of selecting a quit date and setting you on the path to a smoke-free life.
Strategies and tools to help you stay smoke-free and comfortable.
QUIT RIGHT® ANSWERS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, SUCH AS:
Why it is so hard to quit smoking
Most smokers are physiologically addicted to nicotine, which is even more addictive than heroin! Nicotine binds to the brain receptors normally used by acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter. In addition, it releases dopamine and increases endorphin levels, which often leads to a short-lasting feeling of euphoria. Over time, the brain reduces production of acetylcholine and becomes dependent on nicotine to perform the same tasks. So when you decide to quit smoking, your body is deprived of the nicotine it now needs to function. This is why you experience headaches, irritability, anxiety, difficulty in concentrating, depression, sleeping difficulty, weight gain, and of course an insatiable desire for another cigarette.
More than commitment and determination is required, for most smokers, to break this addiction. Fortunately, nicotine, while highly addictive, is not what harms you. The damage comes from the over 7000 chemicals, including cancer-causing substances, in the cigarette. The nicotine in tobacco is what keeps you buying more.
Why is smoking harmful?
There are over 7000 chemicals in tobacco that cause cancer, emphysema, heart attacks and strokes.
About 50% of all Americans who continue to smoke will die prematurely of smoking-related diseases, and many who live to a normal age will unfortunately be severely disabled! The average smoker will lose 10 years of life because of smoking.
The sooner you stop smoking, the less likely it is that you will die prematurely. Fortunately, the body is amazing and begins to heal itself as soon as you quit.
Why do so many people relapse, even though they use nicotine medications?
The main reason why so many people relapse, in spite of using nicotine medications, is that they don't use enough nicotine and they don't use it for long enough. The package insert that comes with nicotine patches, in the U.S., recommends that no more than one 21-mg patch be used per day and that the patch use be tapered and discontinued in 6 to 8 weeks.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet provided it's approval for higher doses of nicotine patch use per day, even though many medical studies have demonstrated the benefit and safety of such use.
What are the nicotine withdrawal symptoms?
- Cognitive dysfunction, e.g. inability to remember things and make plans.
- Anxiety and Restlessness.
- Anger and Irritability.
- Sadness and depression.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Increased Appetite and weight gain.
- And of course, craving cigarettes.
How does a smoker know how much nicotine to use, or how to determine what combination of medications to use, when stopping smoking?
It is important to find a team, such as the one that put together this QUIT RIGHT® app, that has experience in determining what medications will work best for a person who wants to stop smoking, and then adjusting the medication regimen to meet the individual's needs. There are major differences in what will work best for smokers attempting to quit. Every person is unique. The medications that work for one person may cause adverse side-effects in another.
How about stopping smoking, without the use of medications or counseling ("cold turkey")?
The "cold turkey" success rate at one year is very poor, with less than 5% not smoking or using any tobacco product.
Do tranquilizers help people stop smoking?
None have been shown to make a significant difference.
Does Bupropion (Brand names: Zyban and Wellbutrin) help?
Yes, but it is most helpful when used in conjunction with other stop smoking medications, such as nicotine. Though it is an antidepressant, in the context of smoking cessation it can help those who have never been depressed.
Is Varenicline (Brand name: Chantix) helpful?
It can definitely help many to stop smoking, however the one year success rate, when used daily for 3 months, is less than 30%.
Our medical team, led by John E. Hodgkin, MD, has been at the forefront of smoking cessation research and treatment for over 35 years.
Trained in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, has served as Medical Director of the Smoke-Free Life residential stop smoking program at the St. Helena Lifestyle Medicine Institute, affiliated with St. Helena Hospital in California's Napa Valley, for over 18 years.
Served as Research Psychologist from 1997-2013 and Program Director, Mobile Health Sciences at SRI International. She is currently a Senior Scientist with the Oregon Research Institute.
Dr. Gary E. Swan, PhD
Served as Director of the Center for Health Sciences for 27 years at SRI International, and is currently a Consulting Professor at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.
Received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1991. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
Received his degree in Business/Finance from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California and is currently enrolled as a medical student in the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is an advocate for wellness and physical fitness, including good nutrition, regular exercise, and spirituality.
WHAT USERS SAY
This is by far the best quit smoking app available and I've tried most of them. There is so much information packed into this app that has helped me while trying to quit.
Great app! Very informative! A comprehensive strategy on not only how to quit, but how to cope as you go through the process of quitting.