Eyespy: April 2009
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Power of the pet—Forget shocking pictures on cigarette packets and nicotine patches. A survey shows that educating smokers about the effect smoking has on their pets’ health could be enough to motivate them to quit. The online survey by the journal Tobacco Control questioned 3293 pet owners in Michigan (2009 Feb 10, doi: 10.1136/tc.2008.028282). Almost one in three said they would try to stop smoking if given information on the damage it does to their pets’ health, 8.7% said they would ask their partner to stop smoking, and 14.7% said they would ask them to smoke outdoors.
Pee and see—Heat sensitive stickers put in urinals will allow men to “pee and see” and learn about chlamydia testing. COAST (Chlamydia Outreach Advice Screening Treatment) started the campaign in February in Lincolnshire as a unique way of getting their message across. The normally black sticker reveals information when urinated on and promotes