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May 14, 2024

Pivot Named Finalist in Fast Company’s 2024 World Changing Ideas Awards for First FDA-Cleared Breath Sensor and Honorable Mention in the Established Excellence: 5-14 Years in Business Category

San Carlos, May 14, 2024 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2024 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, highlighting creative projects that are helping mold the world.

Pivot’s Breath Sensor is the first FDA-cleared OTC device to help people quit smoking and is named a finalist in Fast Company’s 2024 World Changing Ideas Awards for the First FDA-Cleared Breath Sensor. The Breath Sensor revolutionized the tobacco cessation experience with a discreet, portable design and integrated screen that empowers users to receive feedback as often as they wish. These invaluable insights amplify motivation to quit smoking by providing instant information on how smoking affects their bodies.

This year’s World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 50 winners, 127 finalists, and 172 honorable mentions—with health, education, energy, and AI among the most popular categories. A panel of Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners from a pool of more than 1,300 entries across climate, social justice, wellness, politics, technology, corporate social responsibility, and more. The 2024 awards feature entries from across the globe, including the Republic of Korea, Brazil, and Madagascar.

“Pivot has revolutionized how smokers quit smoking with the Pivot Breath Sensor, the only consumer sensor device that offers real-time feedback and a native display, educates a smoker about how cigarettes affect their health, and is proven to help increase motivation to quit, reduce cigarette consumption, and increase practice quit attempts. Thank you for your recognition with this award Fast Company,” said David S. Utley, M.D, Pivot's founder and CEO.

“I was struck this year by the global sweep of the honorees,” says Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “It’s endlessly inspiring to see how the world is coming together to devise inventive solutions to our most challenging problems. We need ideas from everywhere, and this year’s World Changing Ideas Awards are an extraordinary encapsulation of the innovation and creativity that is so abundant around the globe.”

Pivot is a modern well-being solution that empowers people to adopt healthy coping mechanisms instead of using substances, starting with solutions for tobacco and alcohol. By targeting these drivers of chronic conditions, Pivot delivers life-changing health outcomes for individuals and significant cost savings for organizations.

ABOUT THE WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and bold concepts that make the world better. Judges choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to work on solving the problems that affect us all.

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at