App Helps Coloradans Quit Smoking

One in six Coloradans smokes cigarettes, and Colorado health officials are offering a free app to help them kick the habit.

The app is set up to educate people on the true costs of smoking, and link them with resources to help them quit.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the state.

The habit is also expensive. Health experts say someone who smokes a pack a day will spend about $2,000 a year.

The free Tobacco Quit and Save app is available for the iPhone and Android devices at

The app helps people trying to quit create goals and shows them the benefits of their efforts by providing information about how much money they've saved and how many days are being added to their life expectancy. It also provides links to other resources.

The app will even send users messages to help them resist the temptation to buy tobacco when they are in a store that sells it.

Health officials say they are going to feature the app at shopping center kiosks throughout Colorado. In Colorado Springs, a kiosk will be available at the Citadel Mall.