Wondering where it's OK to smoke near U-M campus? Check new app
The University of Michigan became smoke-free over the summer, but with more than 3,000 acres of school property interwoven with city streets, businesses and private property, it can be difficult for smokers to know exactly where they can and cannot light up.
A new smartphone application called AASmokeOUT could make things a lot easier for U-M students and staff who decided not to give up smoking after the July 1 ban.
The app, which was launched this summer, locates the user and defines which properties nearby are university-owned and which are not.
“Smokers can instantly determine if it’s OK to smoke when in the greater Ann Arbor area,” says a description of the app on Apple's iTunes website.
AppForThat, an Ann Arbor-based software mobile application developer that created a similar service for frequenters of smoke-free New York City parks, created the 99-cent app.
According to AppForThat owner Bill DeMuro, the app also can be used by non-smokers “to inform people that are violating smoke-free campus law.”
The app allows users to communicate over their phones and avoid any awkward verbal confrontations.
DeMuro said the app has about 800 users.