WASHINGTON: An interesting study conducted on smokers has successfully found out that persuasive and motivational messages can help you really act strong, take an action and quit smoking if you are a chain smoker and find it difficult to get rid of this irresistible yet poisonous habit.

According to researchers at George Washington University, more than 11 percent of smokers who used a text-messaging programme, were able to quit smoking. 

The subjects remained smoke-free at the end of a six-month study as compared to just five percent of controls, the study reported. 

“Text messages seem to give smokers the constant reminders they need to stay focused on quitting,” said Lorien C. Abroms, lead author of the study.

Abroms and other researchers in her team decided to recruit 503 smokers on the internet and allotted them either to receive  a Text-Messaging Programme‘Text2Quit’ or provided them with certain self-help material which could help them quit.

‘Text2Quit’ is a very enthusiastic Text-Messaging Programme which sends advice, reminders and tips to the smokers so that they strive to stay away from their routine habit and stick to a quit date. Not only does this programme give advices but it also allows its participants to ask for more help if required and to reset a quit date if they need time.  More than 75,000 people in the United States have enrolled in the ‘Text2Quit’ programme.

“Smokers who have trouble fighting off an urge can text in and get a tip or a game that might help distract them until the craving goes away”, Abroms said.

At the end of six months, the people using the text-messaging programme were found out to have a greater tendency to quit smoking as compared to the control group. 

“The text-messaging programmes can provide an important boost for people struggling with a tobacco habit”, the study added.

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