Minecraft ‘Fear Clinic’ Does Battle with Smoking
March 7, 2014~ Trying to quit smoking but feeling the urge? Maybe talking to a psychologist before lighting up will help you resist. It’s easy to do in Minecraft. Swedish nonprofit A Non Smoking Generation, which aims to prevent young people from smoking, has set up what it calls a Fear Clinic inside the popular indie sandbox game. Young Swedes are invited to swing by the virtual clinic to talk about smoking-related concerns and struggles with a psychologist on standby for three hours daily’”from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Swedish time. “With the Fear Clinic we want to help young people to talk about fears, instead of hiding them behind a cigarette,” says Ann-Therese Enarsson, chair of A Non Smoking Generation. The clinic opened Monday (paste this address in the multiplier client: mc.nonsmoking.se) and will stay in operation for two weeks as part of A Non Smoking Generation’s latest campaign to stanch tobacco use among young people.
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