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Smoking Ban Creates 'Smexting' Phenomenon

Smoking Ban Creates 'Smexting' Phenomenon

Being a smoker can be alienating. Sure, there are designated areas where like-minded puffers can gab, but for the most part smokers are banished to outside patios where they are left to smoke solo. According to the UK's Daily Mail, a record number of text messages have been sent by smokers trying to pass the time while alone in smoking areas. Here's more:

In the two weeks after the ban on smoking in confined spaces came into force on 1 July, mobile phone company Orange said 7.5 million more texts than normal were sent across its network. Experts have now dubbed the phenomenon 'smexting.'

Figures released with the same study found Britons sent 519.5 million text messages in the first two weeks of last month, compared with 512 million in the last two weeks of June, before the ban had been instated. And I ask with all honesty: Are they serious?

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steen steen 10 years
Uh, I'm glad they think this is a worthwhile phenomenon.
katie10 katie10 10 years
Do people actually text each other to meet up for a smoke (referring to the picture)? I know people who smoke and I've never heard of such a thing. haha.
Penny4545 Penny4545 10 years
hah it's funny how a simple law can affect the most random things. makes sense. i'm always in my phone whenever im bored or solo. i don't know what i did w/o one.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 10 years
How odd. But then again, when do we NOT use text messaging for everything?q
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
haha, very interesting
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
funny. sounds like a good thing to me! c0rkie - i agree...my dad calls it "getting fresh air" when he goes out to smoke!
pinkraindrops pinkraindrops 10 years
I smext and smurf on my smackberry.
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
'smexting' LOL. I'm all for full-on smoking bans.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
oh ps. i am not a smoker haha but i just notice that when i go outside to get fresh air. too abd the fresh air is infested with smoke now. maybe they should just make a smoking room. that way there's no 2nd hand smoking and all the smokers could all just go in there.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
lol makes sense. but then again, mos tppl just talk to the ppl who are outside. so used to it in california :)
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