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Mobile App: Stay Quit Coach



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Mobile App: Stay Quit Coach

iPhone Stay Quit Mobile screen home page

The Stay Quit Coach app is designed to assist with smoking cessation as an enhancement to face-to-face care with a health care provider. It is intended to be set up during the course of treatment and then used as a relapse prevention tool once treatment is complete, but can be used as a standalone application.

Stay Quit Coach is based on the manual Integrated Care for Smoking Cessation: Treatment for Veterans with PTSD and was designed with the developers of this evidence-based protocol.

Features include:

  • Education about benefits of quitting, risks of smoking, and how to stay quit.
  • Tools to control cravings (i.e. controlled breathing), manage smoking triggers (coping plans), or get immediate support.
  • Automated delivery of motivational messages that can be personalized to the user and the time quit.
  • Medication information and reminder scheduling if using prescriptions.
  • Progress tracking 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 intended for use as a treatment companion for a patient working on smoking cessation with a health care provider. Although proposed as a relapse prevention tool, it can be used as a standalone intervention.

PTSD smokers are as committed to and interested in quitting smoking as those without PTSD. However, research shows that PTSD smokers likely need additional assistance and multiple quit attempts. Stay Quit Coach is a tool to help patients maintain skills learned in smoking cessation treatment.

Stay Quit Coach allows users to manage their own self-care and address relapse through education, resources, and support. Health care providers can recommend the app as a supplement to enhance treatment outside of face-to-face contact, and/or to encourage patient wellness through self-management.

Manual and Workbook: To request the Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Provider Manual and Patient Workbook, email

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 are 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 as a collaborative effort between the VA's National Center for PTSD, VA Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (VISN 21 MIRECC), the Defense Health Agency Connected Health, 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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