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Tracking Tobacco Prices & Smoking Rates for the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is one of the country’s best-known health organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer. Committed to both cancer research and patient services, this voluntary organization is also actively involved in helping to limit activities that directly contribute to cancer — such as smoking tobacco.

  • UX
  • UI
  • Full-Stack Development

The Challenge

Collecting Data on Tobacco Pricing & Cessation Rates

At this juncture in the fight against tobacco-related lung cancer, data research is often focused on a more holistic look at how tobacco usage impacts, and is impacted by, various lifestyle factors.

It is for this reason that the American Cancer Society co-created Tobacco Atlas with Vital Strategies, a global health organization dedicated to preventing health crises. This free online resource provides both statistical and strategic information to help support the fight against tobacco.

One of the goals of Tobacco Atlas is to collect data surrounding taxes and tobacco, to support the creation of additional legislation that helps to combat smoking. To collect this data, they needed a mobile app that would allow volunteers to track retail pricing data. The app would need to be well designed and highly functional, engaging users and allowing the American Cancer Society to clean the data once it was collected.

The Solution

Thoughtful, strategic design

In order to create valuable new data sets to support anti-tobacco pricing policies, the American Cancer Society needed to empower volunteers to gauge cost changes in retail locations using a mobile app.

Cloud City provided thoughtful, strategic design on the front end of the project to prevent mistakes further down the line. This involved creating a UI that would allow users to enter data in a variety of scenarios. Their solution was to create a generic form and an option to upload a photo, giving the American Cancer Society the opportunity to clean and normalize the data at a later point.

To launch a mobile app for Tobacco Atlas, the American Cancer Society needed a tool that enabled users of iPhones and Androids. Cloud City wrote the mobile app in React Native — a language that allowed them to build the tool in Javascript Framework so that it could be launched on both iOS and Android.

The Outcome

A quality mobile app

Cloud City provided strategic consulting from beginning to end, helping the American Cancer Society make the best possible decisions on the app moving forward.

Before building the MVP, Cloud City made sure they had a concrete idea of the overall business goals of the American Cancer Society. Once the Cloud City team had an idea of set goals, they were able to continue consulting on the project build, launch, user testing, and fundraising.

The end result? A quality mobile app, delivered on time and within budget.

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