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Jun 6, 2014 7:22 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Text messaging program could help people quit smoking

A text messaging system could help people quit smoking.

In a study at George Washington University, 11 percent of smokers were able to quit in six months when they used a program called Text-2-Quit. That's compared to a five percent quit rate in smokers who didn't use the program.

The text messages give advice, and smokers can ask for help or distractions like games to help them through cigarette cravings.

500 smokers participated in the study.

Researchers used saliva samples to confirm participants had quit smoking.

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