Quitxt is a mobile text messaging service.
The service is designed for young adults ages 18-29 in Texas who are trying to quit smoking, although adults age 30 and older also are allowed to enroll.
The program aims to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit. It is an 8-10 week program, depending on when you set your quit date (or pick a new quit date). Users will receive 3-7 text messages per day for the first two weeks, including some texts that link to mobile web pages, and the number of texts will be gradually reduced over time. The service does not include any phone calls.
Users can receive additional support by texting one of Quitxt's keywords.
Keywords include: text EXIT to leave the program; text HELPNOW to get help if you are having a bad craving, are in a bad mood, or have a slip and need support.
To sign up: Text the word IQUIT to 57682 from your mobile phone, answer a few questions, and you'll start receiving text messages.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Information required and use of information: Quitxt collects basic demographic information, cigarette use and alcohol use to enroll you in this program. However, no information is used for any commercial purpose.
Cost: There is no additional fee for this service. However, message and data rates may apply. If you pay for individual texts, this program may not be right for you. Check with your mobile provider.
Unsubscribe: If you would like to unsubscribe from Quitxt, text the word EXIT to 57682 to end the program.
Technical support: Technical support is available to help you sign up and use Quitxt. If you need help or have any questions, e-mail us at QUITXT@UTHSCSA.EDU.