(WASHINGTON) — With most Americans having to tighten their belts in a sputtering economy, taxpayers might be miffed to learn that the government gave more than $400,000 to develop underwear that can detect cigarette smoke.
The dough came in the form of two grants totaling $402,721 to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The grant allowed researchers to create the Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker or PACT.
According to the National Institute of Health, the device — the prototype of which is sized like a vest (an underwear-sized garment is the goal) — is to better study when and how people smoke, as self evaluations are often inaccurate.
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