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Smokefree.gov Personal Assistant

Using AI to help people quit smoking

Executive Summary

The National Cancer Institute’s Smokefree.gov Program has created many mobile health resources to help people quit smoking. Emerging AI technology can interact with the user in ways that SMS and other platforms cannot. We want to test if we can positively influence behavior by having Smokefree.gov interact with the consumer in different and more direct ways. The human-like virtual assistant would be able to encourage you, quiz you, advice you and motivate you when you slip.

Team Members

Coqui Aspiazu, OS/ ASPA
Amy Sanders, OS/ ASPA
Tessa Heydinger, OS/ ASPA


August 2017: Project selected into the HHS Ignite Accelerator
September 2017: Time in Accelerator Began
December 2017: Time in Accelerator Ended