TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – Americans have tried almost everything when it comes to quitting smoking, but what about smoke-detecting undergarments? It’s not as strange as it sounds. A prototype from a University of Alabama associate professor used sensors sewn into an undershirt to collect data about smoking behavior. That prototype impressed a panel from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Edward Sazonov, an associate professor from UA, was awarded over $400,000 in grants to further the research.
The prototype has already advanced into sensors strapped in and tucked into the pockets of a vest. The sensors are able to measure the inhales and exhales of people while they are smoking, and also the amount of time the smoke is in the lungs. Sazonov says the data will reveal a lot about the exposure to smoking. Hopefully, it will also give researchers insight into new ways to help people quit smoking. Sazonov says the next version of the device should be even smaller. He plans to eliminate the vest and incorporate even smaller sensors that will fit on a simple breathing strap.