Tuesday, September 30, 2008

If you wanna quit smoking, use a cell phone

I got a cell phone, and I'm still able to buy cigs,and my consumption on cigs hasn't decreased.

That IS a crazy article. Especially when I've seen people with cell phones in one hand and cigs in the otha hand.

Just cause you got a cell doesn't mean you can quit smoking. I might decide to not talk as much on the cell. But there's no Fkin way I'm gonna cut down on the amount of cigs I smoke.

http://www.ncpa. org/sub/dpd/ index.php? Article_ID= 17077


Tobacco already kills 5.4 billion people a year, and the number of
smokers is likely to skyrocket as the vice catches on in developing
countries. So, how to prevent a plague of cancer deaths? You could
spend $500 million on an antismoking campaign, or you could sign
everyone up for a cell phone.

According to a new World Bank study, cell phone ownership could
affect tobacco consumption because individuals might pay for their
communication with money they would have spent on tobacco. Using
panel data from 2,100 households in 135 communities in the
Philippines collected in 2003 and 2006 -- just as cell phones were
catching on -- researchers found that that the percentage of
households owning a cell phone more than quadrupled.


Cell phone ownership led to a 20 percent decline in monthly tobacco

Among households in which at least one member smoked in 2003,
purchasing a cell phone leads to a 32.6 percent decrease in tobacco
consumption per adult over the age of 15.

This is equivalent to one less pack of 20 cigarettes per month per


They conclude that tobacco and cell phones have a special

relationship: cash-constrained household have to make a trade-off
between the two luxuries, and the social status once signaled by
burning up your money on smokes can now be conferred by yapping away
on a flashy new phone.

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