Learn to Quit
While the rates of smoking have reduced for the general population over the last 50 years, up to 80% of people with serious mental illness are still smokers, leading to the detriment to the smoker, their families and the community at large. This drastically underserved population, whose mental and behavioral diagnoses range from schizophrenia to chronic major depression, is estimated to smoke 45% of all cigarettes consumed in the United States. Sadly, there are very few programs designed to address the very specific mental, physical and emotional factors that contribute to smoking in this population. In response to this great need, our lab designed a smoking cessation application that would gradually deliver users with the necessary skills to overcome urges to smoke and pursue their valued directions.