• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Motivational texting may help smokers quit

A person is shown smoking a cigarette in this undated file image.

June 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
New research shows that motivational text messages may help smokers kick the habit for good.

The study, which followed 5,800 smokers in the U.K., found those who were texted encouraging messages and tips for dealing with cravings were more than twice as likely to quit as those in the other group.

The findings suggest motivational texting should be added to existing techniques used to help people quit smoking.