The air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR have gone so much crazy since Diwali that some areas in the city are showing an air quality index (AQI) of 999 since meters cannot record above that level. In some regions, the air pollution level entered the “severe-plus” category. The Delhi government has declared a public health emergency in the city and ordered schools to remain closed for three days till the skies get cleared.
People over social media platforms are now sharing screenshots of an app that measures the air quality in a city by the number of cigarettes one is smoking. The app is known as Sh**t! I Smoke that was developed by Brazil-based designer Marcelo Coelho and Paris-born app developer Amaury Martiny. The main ideology behind the app is the conceptualization of polluted urban air as cigarette smoking.
When Twitter handler Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) used the app for testing air quality in Delhi, she found that people are currently facing an air pollution level which is equivalent to smoking 33 cigarettes in a day. That’s pretty dangerous thinking how much people (mainly children) are exposed to the toxic impact of passive smoking in a day.
The Sh**t! I Smoke, which was launched on April 1 last year, can be downloaded for free through both Google Play Store on Android devices and App Store on Apple devices. The app works by geo-locating your phone and shows the number of cigarettes smoked on a day by connecting to the database.