Development and evaluation of the See Me Smoke-Free multi-behavioral mHealth app for women smokers

Judith S. Gordon, Julie Armin, Melanie D. Hingle, Peter Giacobbi, James K. Cunningham, Thienne Johnson, Kristopher Abbate, Carol L. Howe, Denise J. Roe

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Women face particular challenges when quitting smoking, especially those with weight concerns. A multi-behavioral smoking cessation intervention addressing these concerns and incorporating guided imagery may assist women to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors. An mHealth app can easily disseminate such an intervention. The goals of this pilot study were to develop and test the feasibility and potential of the See Me Smoke-Free mHealth app to address smoking, diet, and physical activity among women smokers. We used pragmatic, direct-to-consumer methods to develop and test program content, functionality, and the user interface and conduct a pre-/post-test, 90-day pilot study. We enrolled 151 participants. Attrition was 52%, leaving 73 participants. At 90 days, 47% of participants reported 7-day abstinence and significant increases in physical activity and fruit consumption. Recruitment methods worked well, but similar to other mHealth studies, we experienced high attrition. This study suggests that a guided imagery mHealth app has the potential to address multiple behaviors. Future research should consider different methods to improve retention and assess efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-184
Number of pages13
JournalTranslational behavioral medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Diet
  • Guided imagery
  • Multi-behavioral
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco cessation
  • mHealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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