It’s easy to quit smoking. Some people have done it hundreds of times. The hard part is staying quit. Smokers who want to quit for good may soon have a new wearable Health Tech tool that can help them get over the tobacco habit forever. According to researchers at Chrono Therapeutics, a major part of the problem is that nicotine cravings occur at different times throughout the day. Transdermal nicotine patches release a steady dose, and are not able to respond to the higher demands at various intervals.
The SmartStop is a wearable device that releases nicotine at automatic intervals throughout the day. By predicting when cravings will occur and delivering a dose in sync with those cravings, making it easier to deal with them while getting less nicotine overall. The system also includes a digital coaching feature to help smokers deal with their cravings and stick to the nicotine replacement therapy program more effectively.
The company closed $32 million in financing last summer which will be used to bring the product into production, and to fund the clinical trials required for FDA approval.