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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.

The software from Tokyo-based startup CureApp to treat nicotine dependence is also believed to be the world's first prescribed app for smoking cessation.

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