Scientists develop AI-powered ‘puff technology’ to help smokers quit

Scientists are developing an AI device that helps people quit smoking by predicting when they’ll crave a nicotine hit. The “Level” system is an onboard computer for e-cigarettes that precisely monitors vaping behavior. It’s designed to help users control their cravings or reduce the amount of nicotine they’re inhaling. Level will incorporate insights from an observational study launched today by the University of East Anglia. The research team has developed a small monitoring device that screws onto tank-based e-cigs. It then measures the number and duration of a user’s vapes, the time between each drag, and the power used per puff. This data will create a personalized…

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