Quitty: Using technology to persuade smokers to quit

Jeni Paay, Jesper Kjeldskov, Umachanger Brinthaparan, Lars Lichon, Stephan Rasmussen, Nirojan Srikandaraja, Wally Smith, Greg Wadley, Bernd Ploderer

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Health is an important topic in HCI research with an increasing amount of health risks surrounding individuals and society at large. It is well known that smoking cigarettes can have serious health implications. The importance of this problem motivates investigation into the use of technology to encourage behavior change. Our study was designed to gather empirical knowledge about the role a "quitting app" can play in persuading people to quit smoking. Our purpose-built app Quitty introduces different content types from different content sources to study how they are perceived and motivate health behavior change. Findings from our field study show that tailored content and push-messages are considered the most important for persuading people to stop smoking. Based on our empirical findings, we propose six guidelines on how to design mobile applications to persuade smokers to quit.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the NordiCHI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationThe 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)1595930361, 9781450325424
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 26 Oct 201430 Oct 2014
Conference number: 8th


ConferenceNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2014
Abbreviated titleNordiCHI 2014
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  • Health behavior change
  • Online participation
  • Persuasive technology
  • Smoking cessation

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