As seen in Pediatric News: Photo-aging tool APRIL dissuades teens from smoking

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Pediatric News recently wrote an article about using the APRIL® Face Aging software in a research study at Curtin University in Australia.  The study, led by lecturer and PhD student Oksana Burford, found that the use of the APRIL helped persuade young people to stop smoking.

Ms. Burford said that she and her colleagues were hoping to find a way to motivate young smokers to quit, as they are generally resistant to most messages. Previous studies have shown, however, that young people do respond to graphic imagery, she said at the annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group.   Ms. Burford decided to test a software program that would show teens and young adults how they would look in their 50s and 60s if they continued to smoke.

Overall, one in seven smokers quit after viewing their photo-aged selves. Ms. Burford concluded that the software program is an effective motivator in getting young people to quit.