Smoking Cessation Apps for People with Schizophrenia: How Feasible Are m-Health Approaches?

Chelsea Sawyer, Lamiece Hassan, Daniel Guinart, Luis Martinez Agulleiro, Joseph Firth

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Background: The large health disparities among those diagnosed with schizophrenia urgently need to be addressed. These disparities are partially caused by adverse health behaviours such as smoking. Smoking cessation apps vary in efficacy across various populations, and there are concerns regarding the accessibility and usability of apps for people with schizophrenia. Objective: This review identifies and examines the feasibility of using apps for smoking cessation in people with schizophrenia. Methods: A non-systematic narrative literature review of smoking cessation apps for individuals with schizophrenia was performed. Results: Eight studies were included in this review. Conclusion: Smoking cessation apps can be acceptable and feasible, but may need to be tailored to the needs of people with schizophrenia. Key messages: (1) Smoking cessation apps could be acceptable and feasible for use in people with schizophrenia; (2) Lack of motivation was perceived as the main potential barrier with regard to people with schizophrenia engaging with smoking cessation apps; (3) In order to improve motivation of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, apps could include games, rewards, and/or social support; (4) Smoking cessation apps with a simple interface seem to be beneficial for this population; (5) Apps may need to be tailored to consider this population's mental health needs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number265
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


  • behaviour change
  • m-Health
  • schizophrenia
  • smoking


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