Social media helping people quit smoking

Social media helping people quit smoking

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Logo-reLearnLife Hey, the folks at American Legacy Foundation are the real deal, set up by lots of states as part of a settlement deal with the tobacco companies.

They run the Truth campaign, trying to prevent addiction among the young.

Here's their new effort to help people out:

Social media can help create social change, but it can also help with PERSONAL
change — like helping people quit smoking. There are now iPhone apps that can help,
Twitter feeds, even online communities, like this one at BecomeAnEX.org.

The EX plan offers lots of other tools, resources, information and exercises that
can help you prepare to quit smoking today. Probably the best part is that EX comes
with a built-in network of friends and support. You can access their social network
of other people trying to quit at BecomeAnEX.org

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Lisagualtieri

One of my students in http://webstrategiesforhealth.com did an analysis of smoking cessation programs and this was one of the ones she evaluated.
Among her findings (from her paper):
EX actively engages in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Its Facebook page has 1394 “friends” as of early July 2010. Like EX’s own online forum, the Facebook site also indicates a high level of fraternization and mutual support among the members. Users are encouraged to publicly share their quit dates. An examination of the wall posts on Facebook show that many people use it to share their experiences and gain knowledge and support.
For instance, Kellie Rice, who has remained tobacco free for the past 1 year, recently posted, “The EX site helped me tremendously, And as an added bonus, I have made life-long friends” (Rice, 2010).
Susan Bulow, who has remained smoke free for 36 days posted “…the web site this is linked to has been one of the main reasons I can continue my quit. Great people, great plan, great smoke free life as a result!!” (Bulow, 2010)

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