VICE News is reporting that smoking in 20 years could be as easy as turning on a light.
In an upcoming issue of the journal Tobacco Control, scientists report that, if they can figure out how to turn on a smartphone, we could all be smoking cigarettes in 10 years.
This is not the first time scientists have suggested this.
Back in 2012, for example, researchers reported that smokers in their 20s could stop using cigarettes in a year if they switched to an electronic cigarette.
In 2017, another team of researchers published a paper proposing that the same thing could happen in people in their 30s, though they didn’t make any definitive claims about how it would work.
In any case, it’s an idea that has been around for some time.
But the idea is not new.
In the past, people have smoked cigarettes for decades, and in fact, the habit has been known as smoking for pleasure, according to the American Cancer Society.
And smoking has long been associated with lung cancer.
But it has also been linked to other diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even premature death.
The fact that smoking could be done in a blink of an eye means that it could help reduce our risk of death from any number of other causes.
In other words, it could make smoking less deadly, especially if you can turn it on with just a glance at your smartphone screen.
This isn’t a new idea; the British Medical Journal has published studies suggesting that people in the U.K. are smoking at higher rates than the rest of the population, even though they’ve never tried it.
But until now, there was no way to know if this would actually happen.
“We’re now seeing this as an opportunity for the next generation of smokers to stop,” says Jennifer Papp, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London and one of the study’s co-authors.
For people in her field, Papp says, this means that they might not have to spend their whole lives smoking.
“That might be one of those times when we’d like to say, ‘Hey, that’s cool,'” she says.
Papp and her colleagues set out to find out if the technology could do this.
“The challenge is that people are so used to looking at their phones all day, they don’t know that you’re actually smoking a cigarette,” she says, referring to smoking as a way to cut down on the amount of time you spend sitting in front of a computer screen.
They asked a group of 20 young adults in the United Kingdom to take part in a “light-off” experiment.
Participants wore a mask that hid their eyes and then smoked a cigarette while the researchers watched.
“It’s not that you have to look at the cigarette to be a smoker,” Papp explains.
Instead, it is that the cigarette has a different effect on your body.
“You feel a slight puff of smoke as you’re getting ready to smoke,” she explains.
“But when you take a break, your eyes are not affected, and your brain does not react to that as strongly as it would if you were lighting up.”
To see if the mask would actually change their smoking habits, Pipp and her team turned to a device called a “sensors-free smartphone.”
These sensors detect when you look at your phone, and when you’re done smoking, they detect when they’re about to stop.
They also measure the time it takes for your brain to switch from the normal state of activity to the state of unconsciousness.
They then tracked the changes in their brain activity over time.
Pipp says that her team’s device showed them that, while they were smoking, the brain had more than enough time to switch to the unconscious state.
“When you’re not smoking, your brain doesn’t shut down,” she notes.
Instead it is more focused on its own needs, such as trying to keep your eyes open.
“So when you go to bed, you can wake up as if you’ve just smoked, because the brain is still focused on that need.”
This ability to use your brain during the transition from normal to unconscious is an important factor in smoking cessation.
The longer you stay in the unconscious, the more time you have left to quit.
So it is possible that the mask could change the way you think about smoking.
The researchers found that the masks also reduced the amount that participants smoked during the experiment.
Picking up a cigarette and taking a break would make you think less about the amount you smoked, but then you would take a moment to consider the cigarette’s smell.
“There are many reasons that you might not be tempted to smoke, but there are also many reasons why you might,” Pipp explains.
In fact, Pup says, the mask may make you a little less likely to do so, because it “allows you to feel the reward.”
“That’s why you want to be mindful of your surroundings, because you may be tempted and think, ‘I’m