Apps may encourage teens to smoke

2012-10-23 16:15
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Cape Town – "Pro-smoking" apps which are free to download could increase teenagers' risk of starting smoking, researchers have warned.

Researchers from the University of Sydney found that tobacco products are being promoted through 107 apps available at the Apple App Store and on the Android market.

They include images of tobacco and cigarette brands and information on where to buy tobacco products, all which may encourage smoking behaviour.

The researchers said that the content violates the World Health Organisation convention on tobacco control, which bans advertising and promotion of tobacco products across all media.

One app, called Puff Puff Pass, is a cartoon game where the user must click on the characters to order them to smoke and pass the cigarette to the other characters.

– For the full article visit Sky News.

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