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Feds Spend $402,721 on Underwear That Senses Cigarette Smoke
Cybercast News Service ^ | May 7, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 05/07/2013 9:46:49 AM PDT by Zakeet

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $400,000 to a research project involving underwear that can detect when a person smokes cigarettes.

The University of Alabama has received two grants totaling $402,721 for the project, which so far has produced a “very early prototype” of the monitoring system, which -- in its current state -- fits like a vest.

The goal of the three-year study is to “develop a wearable sensor system comprised of a breathing sensor integrated into conventional underwear.”

The Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker (PACT for short) is intended to accurately measure when and how often people smoke as well as how deeply they inhale. The real-time information would be used to design strategies for smoking cessation.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: research; smoking; spending; waste

You Freepers can take some comfort knowing that, as always, the Government is confiscating your money for a good cause!

1 posted on 05/07/2013 9:46:49 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
The real-time information would be used to design strategies for smoking cessation.

Wouldn't smokers gulags be a lot simpler? /s
2 posted on 05/07/2013 9:53:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Zakeet

$400,000 might be better used buying fuel for Coast Guard boats that are no longer being allowed to patrol (DHS not permitting fuel use). Until Americans rise up in OUTRAGE about this sort of crap, useless, wasteful spending, the government will continue to pick your pockets, wallets, bank accounts, children’s inheritance, and soon ... your retirement accounts. At this rate, the gov’t might as well just confiscate all income and give Americans an allowance that they deem sufficient (via some gov’t calculation) for food, shelter, etc. /s


3 posted on 05/07/2013 9:54:06 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Zakeet

Great for Obama who is always blowing smoke out his a^s.


4 posted on 05/07/2013 9:56:29 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: America is in a cold civil war.)
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To: Zakeet

well I want them to make underwear than can tell if I had too much alcohol.


5 posted on 05/07/2013 9:57:09 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (I hope the FEMA camps are comfortable when they come for me)
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To: brooklyn dave
well I want them to make underwear than can tell if I had too much alcohol.

They can all do that, provided you've drunk enough.

6 posted on 05/07/2013 9:59:37 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Zakeet

I’ve got a freaking nose that tells me how much a person smokes.

It came with the body, didn’t cost me a dime.


7 posted on 05/07/2013 9:59:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Zakeet

I’d rather pay to keep Sandra Fluke from getting knocked-up. At least that would benefit society in some way.


8 posted on 05/07/2013 10:01:46 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Zakeet
fits like a vest

I don't wear my underwear that high!

9 posted on 05/07/2013 10:03:37 AM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: occamrzr06

President erkel does. Bet he won’t be wearin’ them unless the wookie tells him to.


10 posted on 05/07/2013 10:08:03 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Zakeet
This is part of Obama’s job creation strategy .... when the science is perfected we will need thousands of underwear analysts.
11 posted on 05/07/2013 10:13:05 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: brooklyn dave

“well I want them to make underwear than can tell if I had too much alcohol.”

They already have those.

Check your underwear. Are they on frontwards... or backwards?

If they’re on frontwards, keep drinking.


12 posted on 05/07/2013 10:15:04 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Zakeet

Is this so someone can tell if their partner is smoking during sex, rather than just after it?


13 posted on 05/07/2013 10:17:30 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Wordkraft

Only if you are an intern and the smoke is coming from a cigar.


14 posted on 05/07/2013 10:20:03 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Wordkraft

May West ... “I never looked”


15 posted on 05/07/2013 10:25:27 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: sportutegrl

There is a being up n the heavens looking down at us and shaking his head in wonder.

“Why the hell did I let Satan create Iiberals? I knew I should have given the shop keys to someone else while I was on my Disney vacation.”


16 posted on 05/07/2013 10:25:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Zakeet
This is horrible. I mean, if they are successful, where will the National Inquirer get stories about people self-immolating when they fall asleep with a lit cigarette that falls into their crotch?
17 posted on 05/07/2013 10:37:43 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: cripplecreek

No kiddin’

This isn’t for voluntary smoking cessation, it’s for smoking detection.


18 posted on 05/07/2013 10:45:22 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Zakeet
Hey, what could go wrong with your drawers full of reactive chemicals?

This whole idea screams of the big brother nanny state. Who would voluntarily wear one of these things & for what reason?

The only possible use for such a device is for someone, possibly your doctor or employer, to police your smoking habit. It follows that you will be punished in some manner if the device says you have been smoking.

The Joseph Mengele Award goes to UA for their even considering such nonsense.

19 posted on 05/07/2013 10:45:47 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Zakeet

There was a wonderful tale about a smoking cessation course given by the wise guys. The lapsed smoker’s loved ones would be tortured.

This sounds like a precursor to the fantasy. ( ;


20 posted on 05/07/2013 11:03:19 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Zakeet

underwear?!!!!
Is that the next thing bloomberg will force on everyone?


21 posted on 05/07/2013 12:03:26 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Zakeet

So what happens when you light up...an alarm goes off, the fire dept arrives and blast you with a fire hose...cessation that works.


22 posted on 05/07/2013 12:17:22 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: brooklyn dave

Holy Bat Crap, Robin. Did I just drop a cigarette down my drawers and set them on fire, or I am trying to do a video imitation of Jerry Lee Lewis’ song “Great Balls of Fire”?


23 posted on 05/07/2013 12:20:14 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Zakeet

Oh, I see said the blind man. You’ve got to wear a PACT in order to smoke a pack. Gotchya (I mean you the stupid people who are paying for this kind of crap).


24 posted on 05/07/2013 12:21:41 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I really don’t understand the criticism here. I have all my life been waiting around for cigarette-smoke-sensing underwear. No...really.


25 posted on 05/07/2013 12:32:00 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Zakeet
One of the links at CNS took me to a page where you can look at all the projects being funded by fiscal year. IN 2013, we are funding over 23,000 projects. Of the 10 most expensive, 8 involve research that is aimed at foreign nations. Those 8 cost about $200,000,000 in FY2013 (not including any funds from previous or future years ... just 2013).

When will someone ... anyone ... in DC figure out that we are broke?!?

26 posted on 05/07/2013 1:14:28 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Teaching part time and enjoying it. I just can't afford it!)
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To: Zakeet
Hell, you can detect smokers already by their underwear.

Just look for the nicotine stains on their shorts!

27 posted on 05/07/2013 2:21:18 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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