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Quit-smoking app greenlighted as Japan's first digital therapeutic

CureApp's virtual coach seen pioneering prescription software to kick the habit

Japan will soon have its first digital therapeutic -- for quitting smoking. (Photo by Masaru Shioyama)

TOKYO -- An app to help people stop smoking received government approval Friday, becoming the first prescription digital therapeutic in Japan and heralding an emerging field of treatments developed at lower cost.

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