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Trade in Your Smoking Habit for a “CrackBerry” Habit – Stimulus Pilot Program In Washington DC

Posted Feb 17 2010 3:53pm

You have to love this one, but overall it’s a good cause and that you can’t debate.  BlackBerrys will give them something to do with their hands is part of the imageconnection here.

I don’t think the government is picking up the monthly bill though but you can have full text messaging support here.  The data mining part is interesting too in the fact that they will be “tapping” into phone lines to find you.  It created one full time job. 

This will be interesting to see how this works.  Will the IPhones and Smartphones be next?  There was no word on which BlackBerry model will be given to participants.  BD  

Details on the new program, which is being managed by the American Legacy Foundation, an anti-smoking/tobacco group, according to CNN, are sparse at this point, but here's what we know:  

The initiative is apparently part of a stimulus program meant to create jobs and drum-up cash-flow in Washington D.C , area&.though I'm not exactly sure how that'll work, since the program has only created a single job so far. It's difficult to quantify the amount of cash that could be saved in healthcare and associated costs for each participant who quits, but the government's hoping it translates into a significant amount.

And a reduction in smokers in the United States is clearly a good thing, from a purely-health-related perspective.

The American Legacy Foundation's funding is related to a recent settlement between "Big Tobacco" and a number of U.S. states, according to CNN, and the exact figure is just under $1 million at $977,346.

The government will apparently single out qualified smokers in and around D.C., by tapping local telephone "quit-lines" for people who consistently rely on telephone support for help putting down the cigarettes.

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