e-Cigarettes are controversial. Some say they provide a graceful way to wean smokers away from their deadly habit. Others state that it simply re-normalises the market for the tobacco vendors.
Surely it is possible to integrate e-cigarettes with other wearable technology such as possibly a newly branded UnFitbit wristband to help users shake off the habit.
The wrist device could include useful features such as:
- Reversing the user’s fitness gains (typically number of steps taken) in line with the damage caused by the volume of nicotine inhaled during the day.
- Display the estimated life reduction impact of maintaining the recent usage levels of the e-cigarette.
- Similarly display the estimated financial cost of the habit when compared to cautious investing of the same spend over the estimated remaining life period. A kind of next of kin denial index.
This post is less about how people should choose to live their lives or the morality of ‘big tobacco’ and more about how the IT industry can help people make better decisions through being better informed about the realities of their decision making.