Quitbit: Quit Smoking with Help from a Smart Lighter and App
Article by George Norman
On 22 May 2014
Boston-based company Quitbit aims to help you quit smoking via a smart lighter and a mobile app.

The Quitbit app for iOS (already available on the App Store) lets you track your smoking, challenges you to wait longer between smokes, and lets you limit when or how often the lighter works.
The Quitbit smart lighter (still in development) shows you how many cigarettes you smoked, how long ago you last smoked, and more.


Lighters are associated with smoking, not quitting the habit of smoking. But you see, with a smart lighter you can very easily track smoking habits. Consequently, that is precisely how two Brown University graduate students, Kuji Nakano and Ata Ghofrani, decided to go about it. The two founded the Quitbit company and set a clear goal: to help people stop smoking via the Quitbit smart lighter and app.

The Quitbit lighter is a flameless lighter that uses a heating element to light cigarettes. It is powered by a rechargeable battery that should last up to 1 week or 100 lights; the battery should be fully recharged in about 2 hours. There’s a display on the device that shows the time, tells you how many cigarettes you smoked, tells you how long it’s been since your last smoke, and when you can have your next smoke.

The Quitbit app for iOS lets you monitor your smoking trends, see how long it’s been since your last cigarette, set custom goals to quit smoking, visualize and share your progress with others, and even limit when or how often the Quitbit lighter works.

Please note that the Quitbit lighter is still in development. There’s a Kickstarter campaign asking for $50K to finish the device’s development and bring it to market. The Quitbit app is already available for free on Apple’s App Store.

Additional information on Quitbit is available here.

Tags: Apple, iOS, App Store, Quitbit, app, lighter, quit smoking, cigarettes
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