October 24th, 2012
'Addictive' Cigarette Smoking Games On Smartphones Target Kids
By Michaeleen Doucleff
You can do just about anything with your phone these days. Take an electrocardiogram. Confess your sins. Even smoke a cigarette
Yup, you read that correctly. Android and Apple offer apps that let you light and smoke a virtual cigarette. You simply blow into the microphone, or onto the screen, and an image of a cigarette glows red and “burns.”
Some apps time how long it takes to puff the whole fag, while others have a virtual ashtray that pops up messages like, “Would be even better with a beer in your hand!”
Public health researchers at the University of Sydney have found 107 apps on iPhones and Androids with pro-smoking messages, including these so-called smoking simulators.