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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Mobile Phone-Based Cessation Interventions

Description of Resource: 
Mobile phone–based interventions for tobacco cessation are recommended based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in increasing tobacco use abstinence among people interested in quitting. Mobile phone–based cessation interventions use interactive features to deliver evidence-based information, strategies, and behavioral support directly to tobacco users interested in quitting. Typically, participants receive text messages that support their quit attempt, and the message content changes over the course of the intervention. Content may be developed or adapted for specific populations and communities. Messages may be tailored for individuals based on computer algorithms that match messages to information provided by the participant. Programs may be automated, and they may include text responses provided on demand to participants encountering urges to smoke. Mobile phone–based interventions may be coordinated with additional interventions, such as Internet-based cessation services or provision of medications.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Educational and Community-Based Programs
Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
Tobacco Use
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
The Community Guide [Internet]. Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Mobile Phone-Based Cessation Interventions. c2011– [cited 2017 Feb 16]. Available from: