WHO unveils Florence, the world's first digital health worke
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The World Health Organization has launched its first digital health worker, Florence. The digital health worker was created by a company in New Zealand, Soul Machines.

Florence is designed to help the world's 1.3 billion tobacco users quit. She uses artificial intelligence to dispel myths around COVID-19 and smoking and helps people develop a personalized plan to quit tobacco. User can interact with her via video or text.

Around 60% of tobacco users worldwide say they want to quit, only 30% of them have access to the tools they need, like counsellors, to take action.

Quitting smoking is more important than ever as evidence reveals that smokers are more vulnerable than non-smokers to developing a severe case of COVID-19.

Florence develops a quit plan using the 'STAR' method:

• Set a quit date: Giving a short period to quit will keep user focused and motivated to achieve their goal.

• Tell friends, family, and coworkers: It is important to share the goal to quit with those with whom user interact frequently.

• Anticipate challenges to the upcoming quit attempt: Particularly during the critical first few weeks, which are the hardest due to potential nicotine withdrawal symptoms as well as the obstacles presented by breaking any habit.

• Remove tobacco products from environment.
It’s best to rid of such temptations by making a smoke free house, avoiding smoking areas, and asking peers to not smoke around them.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/spotlight/ai-for-quitting-tobacco-initiative
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