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Editor's Note
March 2016

Texting for Health Education

JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(3):328. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.8285

When I want my 13-year-old son to do something, I do not go to his room (“Get away, Dad”) or email him (so yesterday!) or call him (he will not answer). Instead, I text him. His usual answer is “k,” but it gets the job done. Therefore, I was not surprised that texting young adults was an effective smoking cessation technique. Specifically, in this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Müssener et al1 report that 8-week prolonged abstinence was almost twice as high among those randomized to receive specially tailored smoking cessation texts compared with those in the control group (25.9% vs 14.6%).

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