The Briefs (and Boxers) Against Smoking

by Ian Tuttle

The war on smoking just went below the belt. Literally.

CBS-Atlanta reports that the National Institute of Health has spent $400,000 developing, in cooperation with the University of Alabama, smoke-detecting underwear. The “Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker” uses a bracelet in conjunction with a sensor-equipped vest worn below the belt to monitor hand-to-mouth motions and inhalation. Says associate professor Dr. Edward Sazonov, “We are trying to eliminate the need for self-report from people about how much they smoke, when they smoke, how many puffs they take from the cigarette.”

And you thought “tooth-level surveillance” was bad . . .

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