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Mobile App: Stay Quit Coach


Mobile App: Stay Quit Coach

iPhone Stay Quit Mobile screen home page

Trauma and PTSD can make it hard to quit smoking. The Stay Quit Coach app is designed to help you stay quit after you stop smoking. This app is best used while you are in treatment to quit smoking with a health care provider and can continue to be used after your treatment has ended.

Features include:

  • Tools to control cravings and manage smoking triggers.
  • Education about the benefits of quitting and the risks of smoking.
  • Direct links to support for help.
  • Reminder messages with tips and motivation.
  • Ability to track your progress of time since quit, health benefits, and money saved.

Download the mobile app

Free Stay Quit Coach download from: iTunes (iOS)*
Stay Quit Coach will be available for Android devices in 2014.

How to use Stay Quit Coach

Stay Quit Mobile Screen

Stay Quit Coach is best used when you are in treatment to quit smoking with a health provider. It can also be used to help prevent relapse after treatment. People who smoke and have PTSD are just as committed to quitting as those without PTSD. But, research shows that PTSD smokers likely need more help to be successful. Stay Quit Coach is a tool to help users manage their own self-care through education, resources and support.

NOTE: Stay Quit Coach is not meant to be a replacement for smoking cessation treatment. This app is a supplement to clinical care for smoking cessation.

Privacy and security

Any data created by the user of this app is only as secure as the phone/device itself. Use the security features on your device if you are concerned about the privacy of your information. Users are free to share data, but as the self-monitoring data belong to each user, HIPAA concerns do not apply while the data is stored or shared. If the user were to transmit or share data with a health care provider, the provider must then comply with HIPAA rules.

Who created Stay Quit Coach

Stay Quit Coach was created by the VA's National Center for PTSD, VA Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (VISN 21 MIRECC), the DoD's National Center for Telehealth & Technology* (T2), the VA Tobacco & Health: Policy & Programs in the Clinical Public Health group (CPH), and the VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (VISN 6 MIRECC).

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