Tattletale Smoke Detector Knows When and What You're Smoking

Just because it's illegal for people to smoke in certain areas, it doesn't necessarily mean they won't, and putting up a 'No Smoking' sign isn't much of a deterrent. So Joseph BelBruno, a chemistry professor from Dartmouth College, has turned his research on second-hand smoke into a new kind of smoke detector that's… » 10/29/14 12:12pm Wednesday 12:12pm

Scientists Find Way To Reuse Cigarette Ash As A Water Filter

Among the long, long list of reasons why we shouldn't smoke lies cigarette ash: it's a fairly unsavory chemical cocktail that also happens to be a major eyesore around any popular smoking spot. But thanks to a team of chemists, we could use that same cocktail of horrific chemical to make water clean. Go science! » 10/16/14 11:00pm 10/16/14 11:00pm

Virtually no one starts smoking after age 26

There's a reason the government has had to severely restrict cigarette advertising (and smoking in general) to minors: they're the only ones still gullible enough to think smoking is a good idea. According to the Surgeon General's office, anyone over the age of 26 has a better chance of being mugged by a great white… » 8/20/14 4:44pm 8/20/14 4:44pm

Old Cigarette Butts Could Be Used To Make Supercapacitors

The world has too many nasty old cigarette butts. On the other hand, the world could use some supercapacitors, the high-tech replacements for batteries that could potentially charge in seconds. Scientists in South Korea have found a simple process to turn used cigarette filters into high-performing material that works… » 8/05/14 3:18pm 8/05/14 3:18pm

Can a Smart Lighter Help You Quit Smoking?

If you've ever chastised a friend for their gnarly smoking habit, you know that scolding does absolutely nothing. Making people feel bad about smoking just makes them want to smoke in secret. Well, here's an idea: What if it was your lighter making you feel bad about smoking. You can't run away from your lighter right? » 5/12/14 1:20pm 5/12/14 1:20pm

This Interactive Ashtray Rewards Smokers For Throwing Away Their Butts

Cigarette butts are the bane of a city's existence: you can find them almost everywhere, smashed flat on the sidewalks, stubbed into planter boxes, drifting into the gutters like tube-shaped snow. While some public spaces offer ways to dispose of those lipstick-rimmed filters, most smokers simply use the street as an… » 5/02/14 5:40pm 5/02/14 5:40pm

Watch a crazy dude smoke 100 cigarettes at once with this contraption

Ah, that's a good hit. 100 good hits, actually. Artist Wyatt Burns created a way to smoke 100 cigarettes at once with a crazy contraption and it looks, well, predictably suffocating. He lights up all the cigarettes with a torch and feeds all the smoke into a plastic bag. In his performance art piece, he basically… » 3/04/14 8:49pm 3/04/14 8:49pm

Here's What Happens When a Motorsport Maker Designs a Hookah

Hookahs, despite their long history in Middle Eastern cultures, are often treated as little more than fancy water pipes here in the US—something to be tucked away in a corner or stowed on a shelf when not in use. But this modern incarnation of the ancient smoking device is so drop-dead gorgeous, you'll want to display… » 2/21/14 4:20pm 2/21/14 4:20pm

14 Absurd Ads From Before We Knew Cigarettes Could Kill You

Fifty years ago today, in 1964, the US Surgeon General released one of the most progressive documents on smoking of its time, stating definitively that, yes, smoking tobacco can indeed be fatal. And with it, the Untied States' cigarette culture began its (often frustratingly, grudgingly slow) overhaul from one of… » 1/11/14 4:00pm 1/11/14 4:00pm