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Whittaker, Robyn and McRobbie, Hayden and Bullen, Chris and Rodgers, Anthony and Gu, Yulong and Dobson, Rosie (2019) Mobile phone text messaging and app‐based interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (10), https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD006611.pub5.

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Mobile phone‐based smoking cessation support (mCessation) offers the opportunity to provide behavioural support to those who cannot or do not want face‐to‐face support. In addition, mCessation can be automated and therefore provided affordably even in resource‐poor settings. This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2006, and previously updated in 2009 and 2012.


Authors' conclusions

There is moderate‐certainty evidence that automated text message‐based smoking cessation interventions result in greater quit rates than minimal smoking cessation support. There is moderate‐certainty evidence of the benefit of text messaging interventions in addition to other smoking cessation support in comparison with that smoking cessation support alone. The evidence comparing smartphone apps with less intensive support was of very low certainty, and more randomised controlled trials are needed to test these interventions.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Review, Article
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
October 2019
Identification #
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Place of Publication
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