London: Finding it hard to stick to yours New Year’s resolution to quit smoking? Don’t worry we got something for you, a new app-based game may help you achieve that probably.
The game — Cigbreak Free — works like a regular smartphone game like the other ones, with players having to complete tasks to progress through levels and gain rewards. In the game, players have to swipe a certain number of cigarettes to break them within a time limit.
However, it also incorporates a combination of 37 behavioral change techniques, including showing the player the health consequences of a behavior, gaining points for grabbing healthy items, or providing virtual financial incentives, to help individuals quit smoking, this what researchers said.
“We’re essentially trying to ‘gamify’ health messages and behavior change techniques as a way of embedding them in a person’s mind, in the hope that they will then be able to quit smoking,” said Robert Walton, professor at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
“The good thing about a smartphone gaming app is that you can play it anywhere. Craving is a short-term thing, so if you get a craving at 11am, you can play the game in the warm until it passes, rather than going out into the cold for a cigarette. You’ve also got something to do with your hands other than smoke,” added Hope Caton lecturer at Kingston University.
Rewards in the game are a way of giving smokers instant positive feedback which boosts their moral to quit it.