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Are you one of the millions of Americans trying to quit smoking? Motivational text messages may be more effective than going cold turkey, a new medical analysis reveals.

A meta-analysis conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that smokers who received empowering texts—encouragement, support, and tips on quitting—successfully abstained from smoking more than those who didn’t receive any motivational texts.

The research used data from 5 different studies to gain a broader vision of the effects of mobile intervention. “Innovative and effective smoking cessation interventions are required to appeal to those who are not accessing traditional cessation services,” stated the authors of the analysis. “Mobile phones are widely used and are now well-integrated into the daily lives of many, particularly young adults. Mobile phones are a potential medium for the delivery of health programmes such as smoking cessation.”

The authors concluded that “interventions delivered by mobile phones can help people stop smoking.”

Yet another inspiring example of texting’s versatility and limitless possibility.

Photo courtesy of khawkins04.

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