Online communities are a major component of online quit programs, and research shows that this social support makes a difference. A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that smokers who became more socially connected on BecomeAnEX were more likely to quit three months after they enrolled.
Engaging in an online social community provides smokers with access to a global and diverse network, around-the-clock support and a place to build social relationships with others who know exactly what they’re going through. Every day in the EX Community on BecomeAnEX, thousands of current and former smokers connect through private messages, blogs, message boards and group discussions to give advice, share experiences, offer encouragement and celebrate successes.
“Stopping smoking doesn’t need to be an individual activity,” said Dr. J. Taylor Hays, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, in one of his weekly EX Community blog posts. “By being open and sharing with others you can strengthen your own road to recovery, and who knows, you might just help someone else along the way.”