Cigarette App

SMOKIN

Just a heads up if you have kids with an iTouch or iPhone.

They could be smoking!

 

The good news is, it’s not for real, just pretend.

One of the hottest apps on iTunes is an app that lets players pretend to smoke a cigarette and then pass it to their friends.

You simply blow into the microphone, or onto the screen, and an image of a cigarette glows red and "burns."

Some apps time how long it takes to puff the cigarette, while others have a virtual ashtray that pops up messages like, "Would be even better with a beer in your hand!"

Here’s the deal, there are 107 apps on iPhones and Androids with pro-smoking messages, including these so-called smoking simulators.

Many of the apps are free to download and target children or teens by using cartoons, games and celebrities.

Even though a lot of regulations have been placed on tobacco companies, they found a loophole in these regulations through the smartphone apps.

Besides the simulators, there are also photo galleries of cigarettes for wallpapering your phone, instructions for rolling cigarettes into various shapes and tobacco "shops" where you can build your own cigarettes.

Another iPhone app, called Puff Puff Pass, depicts a virtual smoking sessions with friends, allowing you to pass a cigar or cigarette around the room. "Addictive gameplay, almost as addictive as smoking for real," the app's description reads at the iPhone Store.

The only regulation right now is a warning of mature content when you download some apps on the iPhone. And, users must enter their birthdays for apps distributed by Marlboro. But for many smoking simulators and games, finding and installing them is as easy for kids as playing Angry Birds.