Virtual Reality Helps to Reduce Cigarette Addiction

///Virtual Reality Helps to Reduce Cigarette Addiction

Tobacco use is one of the largest pandemics in the world, accounting for 6 million avoidable deaths a year and costing 6 to 15 percent (170 billion) of health spending in high-income countries.

People who smoke and want to get rid of this addiction usually have a hard way ahead. Escaping from smoking is not a simple task and involves a lot of possible solutions, some more effective than others, such as psychological therapy, the use of particular types of medications and even the adoption of electronic cigarettes more recently.

However, a new method to end smoking addiction is already being advertised through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter and aims to use nothing less than virtual reality to help smokers get rid of this problem.

This is called MindCotine, a program that combines attention-control practices with several other proven effective techniques.

Fighting the cigarette

According to WHO, there are 1 billion smokers worldwide, of which 48% intend to quit smoking. There are many options offered to treat the desire to smoke, but few of them have the economy of unity and accessibility to lead to a universal solution.

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The campaign was inaugurated on the International Non-Tobacco Day (May 31) promoted by the World Health Organization. The intention of those responsible for the program is to cover areas that did not receive proper attention in the treatment of smokers. Thus, an application was developed that works on ordinary smartphones and can be used in virtual reality glasses – included in the package – much like Google Cardboard.

The whole process is done through this application, using videos and audios that will serve as a complete treatment, arousing in the smoker the awareness and the need to stop smoking and performing mental training that will help the user to get rid of the addiction.

In addition to VR glasses and the mobile app, the package also features community support so you can get in touch with others and share your experience in the process.

Success

The MindCotine project has already raised $8.1 thousand in just one day and aims at $18 thousand in the next 30 days of the campaign Of collection. The cheapest package has a promotional price of $10, or $ 32, and you can buy kits for more than one person.

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By |2017-06-06T13:16:59+00:00June 6th, 2017|Artifical Intelligence, Technology|4 Comments

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  2. Aldon Galido September 11, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    As VR technology progresses even more, it might be reasonable to expect more of these kinds of solutions to various problems that plague everyday life. It would not be surprising to have skill development courses purely on a VR platform, a great leap from tutorial videos of today in terms of digital learning.

  3. Vangeline September 19, 2017 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Interesting. I love how virtual reality creators are taking the initiative to develop programs that will provide solutions to some of the biggest societal problems. Virtual reality as a breakthrough digital technology is commonly perceived as an invention for gaming and entertainment only. I own a VR gear and I enjoy the experience. However, this is not that appropriate for people with vision problems because they tend to get dizzy. Nevertheless, MindCotine is a very promising new way to adress the issue of cigarette addiction. We all know that smoking kills and decreases one’s life span and I just hope MindCotine will reach sufferrers.

  4. Ogeto Omwancha January 24, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Very interesting and helpful article. Indeed digital technology, through such innovative startups, is changing the way we deal with everyday life challenges occasioned by our lifestyle choices, such as smoking. Virtual reality has been used to treat a variety of disorders including phantom limb syndrome, arachnophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and even the pain experienced by burn victims. Escaping from smoking is not a simple task and involves a lot of possible solutions, some more effective than others, such as psychological therapy, the use of particular types of medications and even the adoption of electronic cigarettes more recently. It would be interesting to know if a regular video game would have a similar effect, or if a more immersive virtual reality experience is crucial.

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