Smoking is one of those things that I could never get my head around. Why would anyone want to pay money for something that damages their health? I have a few friends who are smoking, and one of the things that I witnessed over the years were lackluster and honest attempts to quit smoking. And while some managed to quit from one day to the other, many failed in their attempts after a week, month or even years of not smoking.
The incentive to stop smoking should be obvious: You can save a lot of money which you could spend for other things. You first may spend them on things that help you mitigate the desire to smoke. The second benefit is that your overall health will improve over time.
The Firefox add-on Quitomzilla helps smokers quit smoking by keeping track of statistics associated with smoking. The add-on keeps track of the money that was saved by not smoking, the number of cigarettes that were not smoked, and the overall time since the last cigarette.
First time users need to open the add-on's configuration with a left-click on the status bar icon. Here they can set the quit date and time, the price of a pack of smokes with 20 cigarettes, the currency and the cigarettes that they consumed per day.
The extension furthermore displays milestone information in the browser. These milestones use macros that reveal how much money has been saved since the day of quitting smoking and how many cigarettes have not been smoked.
The milestone message can be edited in the options. Firefox users who want to quit smoking should give it a try. While it probably is not enough to keep users from smoking on its own, it could very well assist them in that task.
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