A new app designed by Keio University and CureApp Inc., a Tokyo-based medical technology company, helps smokers quit smoking. The device analyzed information from patients who were in the middle of withdrawal therapy based on their medicinal studies. The app examined the patient’s medical conditions and their breath that contains carbon monoxide levels. This gives smokers frequent suggestions on how to prevent smoking. The university and medical centers conducted a series of trials between October 2017 and 2018. Out of 572 respondents, only 285 individuals used the app. They discovered that those patients that used the app became smoke-free after six months.

According to the institution’s chairman, Dr. Kota Satake, “In normal smoking cessation treatment, doctors are unable to treat patients’ psychological addiction until their next regularly scheduled session. This has been an obstacle for patients who had to fight the addiction alone.” Therefore, patients can check the device every day to reduce their mental addiction. Based on the files from the health ministry, 17.7 percent of individuals in Japan commonly smoked tobacco in 2017. The biggest number of smokers was about 40% of males in their 30s and 40s. While public health insurance covered treatments for people who want to stop smoking, only 27 percent of those patients remained away from the habit after a year. In addition to that, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government encouraged promoting a smoke-free event in 2020 Paralympics and Olympics. The government will enforce a law that prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants.