Convert Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Study App into a Full Mobile Delivered Smoking Cessation Program


To refine and optimize a smartphone-based program to help individuals quit smoking

Anticipated Impact: 

An inexpensive, highly effective smoking cessation intervention


Tobacco smoking contributes to a host of illnesses, but as with other addictions, is very difficult to stop. An approach based on accepting urges and cravings, then committing to not acting on them, will be further refined in a smartphone-based application, and its effectiveness tested with 100-200 smokers in an employer-sponsored program. If the previously observed quit rate of approximately 30% is sustained, an inexpensive, easily delivered smoking cessation program will result in fewer smokers and improved health outcomes.

Collaborating organization: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Smoking Cessation Program

Grant Update

Principal Investigator:
Jo Masterson
Grantee Organization:
2Morrow, Inc.
Grant Title:
Convert Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Study App into a Full Mobile Delivered Smoking Cessation Program
Grant Cohort and Year:
2014 Proof of Concept (03)
Grant Period:
05/15/2014 - 05/14/2016 (Completed)
Grant Amount:
As this grant comes to a cloase, 2Morrow has made improvements to the SmartQuit program based on this grant. We have built and launched an iPhone and Android version of the SmartQuit program, built an admin/reporting site, conducted a study of the updated program and have received the early results back. The LSDF grant truly helped take the SmartQuit from "Lab to Market." A commercial version for the program is now in market and we have employers, states and health plans using the program to help their populations quit. So far about 800 smokers have enrolled in the full program and almost 9,000 have used the free lite version. Key finding from LSDF funded study: 97 participants were successfully enrolled in a one-arm 60-day study conducted by Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center. This study is to test improvements, usability and real word usefulness of this new smoking cessation program/app. In this case, we were also able to compare the results from this study with an early study done by FCHCRC. The results are encouraging yet limited by sample size and study time. Update: Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center has recently received a $3.1M NIH grant to do a larger RCT of SMartQuit with a full 12-month followup. Key Findings: SmartQuit LSDF study. A smartphone-based program can help smoker's quit. Users quit at about the same rate as they did in the first SmartQuit study (about 2-3 times more that an unaided quit rate.) Improvements to the program resulted in a much higher satisfaction score 84% (vs 59% in the first version) and more smokers were able to reduce their smoking even if they did not quit 75% (vs 32%). We also tested for the quit rate of smokers who completed the full program and found that quit rate to be twice the overall quit rate, suggesting that completing the program as designed can significantly increase your chances of quitting.

Impact in Washington

Location of LSDF Grantee
Locations of Collaborations/Areas of Impact

Legislative Districts:
11, 34, 36, 37, 43, 45, 46

Health Impacts

Smoking Cessation Program