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$400K Spent on Cigarette-Sensing Undies by Government

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Taxpayers will likely be upset about a couple of grants totaling more than 400 thousand bucks being used to develop underwear that can detect cigarette smoke.  

The money came in the form of two grants, which came to $402,721, to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the development of the Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker or PACT.

According to the National Institute of Health, the device is to study when and how people smoke, since self evaluations are most times inaccurate.  The prototype is currently sized like a vest, but an underwear-sized garment is the goal.

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