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[CES 2009] E-Cig Makes Smoking Good For You

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[Editor's Note: despite the claims in this article, OhGizmo does not condone smoking of any kind. As a matter of fact, we'd like to poll our audience on their knowledge of whether nicotine alone can be a health hazard or not. We're skeptical.]

By Evan Ackerman

This just in: smoking is good for you! E-Cig is an electronic cigarette that is able to duplicate the look, and in some cases the feel, of smoking. There’s a LED on the end, and a USB rechargeable vaporizer in the body. The bit where the filter would be is a disposable cartridge containing differing amounts of nicotine (if you’re trying to quit), or all kinds of other stuff like caffeine, flavorings, or even vitamins. The vaporizer turns the flavoring or whatever into steam when you inhale, and when you exhale it looks just like smoke.

The body is USB rechargeable, and will power through one and a half cartridges. Each cartridge is the equivalent of about a pack of regular cigarettes, and costs $5. The entire kit (including a pack of 4 cartridges) runs somewhere between $80 and $100.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511974655 Jon Kinnear

    Oh my god, there is a stand for this at my local mall. And it's soooo annoying. They all think they're so cool standing there with a very obviously fake cig. The guy just looks so lame. And no one ever buys them

  • Phlow

    I love the “smoke it at the mall, the airport, at work, in restaurants,” like any of those places aren't going to freak out if you start blowing fake smoke all over the place.

  • Phlow

    I love the “smoke it at the mall, the airport, at work, in restaurants,” like any of those places aren't going to freak out if you start blowing fake smoke all over the place.

  • chris

    If it helps people give up on smoking the real thing then I'm all for it!

  • chris

    If it helps people give up on smoking the real thing then I'm all for it!

  • Doc

    Nicotine is very bad for you, in sufficient quantities it can definately kill you. But as a 'quit smoking” tool this is MAY have some use…. but why demo it at CES??

  • Doc

    Nicotine is very bad for you, in sufficient quantities it can definately kill you. But as a 'quit smoking” tool this is MAY have some use…. but why demo it at CES??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748424272 Dennis Box

    . I like the taste of a real cigarette and I seriously doubt this even comes close.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748424272 Dennis Box

    . I like the taste of a real cigarette and I seriously doubt this even comes close.

  • John A

    I'm not even going to look it up:: nicotine is a deadly poison ondeed. I read more than a decade ago that distilled, the nicotine of three cigarettes is sufficient to kil the average adult. And it has been used as a pesticide for generations.

    Note – I smoke. But I do not want kids starting to smoke. Which, alas, means that even if politicians ever stop taxing a $1 pack at $6.50 (or more) my costs will keep going up.

  • John A

    I'm not even going to look it up:: nicotine is a deadly poison ondeed. I read more than a decade ago that distilled, the nicotine of three cigarettes is sufficient to kil the average adult. And it has been used as a pesticide for generations.

    Note – I smoke. But I do not want kids starting to smoke. Which, alas, means that even if politicians ever stop taxing a $1 pack at $6.50 (or more) my costs will keep going up.

  • UncleMidriff

    Phlow: E-cigarette users have had varying levels of success e-smoking in places that do not allow “analog” smoking. Some places tell them to quit it, saying that even though it's not real smoking, it might give other smokers the idea that it's ok to smoke real cigs in the bar, on the plane, etc. Other places tell them to quit it, learn that it's not actually a cigarette, and then are fine with it.

    Doc: Why not demo it at CES? It's a nifty little electronic gizmo, so CES seems like the perfect place to demo it to me. I first learned about the whole e-cig thing from videos of them at CES 2008. I've only smoked one or two real cigarettes since.

    Dennis: From what I've read, your complaint is one of the most common. But also fairly common is e-cig users coming to prefer the flavor of their e-cig to their once-beloved favorite cigarette brand, often claiming that after a few weeks on the e-cig exclusively, regular cigarettes taste like licking an ashtray. These aren't just casual social smokers saying this either; this is coming from long time, multi-pack per day smokers as well. Certainly though, smoking an e-cig is different from smoking the real things, and some people don't want to make the switch.

    Nicotine is indeed extremely dangerous. Based on what I have read, letting a small amount of pure nicotine absorb into your skin can kill your ass, quick. However, the stuff is these cartridges, even the higher strength ones, is far from pure nicotine. And while smoking can certainly cause cancer, I've not found any studies saying that nicotine alone can cause cancer. It does seem to lead to hardening of the arteries (due in part to the fact that it can raise blood pressure, I think), and some studies indicate that it can speed up the growth of existing cancer (according to wikipedia).

    So no, nicotine is not entirely harmless. But that's not the point. The point is that inhaling just nicotine is probably a lot safer than inhaling nicotine plus several other know carcinogens. It is worth mentioning here that you can get the cartridges for these e-cigs with zero nicotine, so you can use them to help you cope with the hand-to-mouth, oral fixation, “Oh lookit! I'm blowing smoke rings!” issues where other nicotine replacement therapies (gum, patches, etc.) fall severely short.

    Also worth mentioning is that the idea that each e-cig cartridge equals about a pack of real cigarettes is an outright marketing lie. No e-cig user I've ever talked to has been able to get more than about 5-7 cigarette's worth of smoking out of a single cartridge. Luckily, you can find cartridges for much cheaper (about $1 each) than the $5 these jerks want to charge for them.

  • UncleMidriff

    Phlow: E-cigarette users have had varying levels of success e-smoking in places that do not allow “analog” smoking. Some places tell them to quit it, saying that even though it's not real smoking, it might give other smokers the idea that it's ok to smoke real cigs in the bar, on the plane, etc. Other places tell them to quit it, learn that it's not actually a cigarette, and then are fine with it.

    Doc: Why not demo it at CES? It's a nifty little electronic gizmo, so CES seems like the perfect place to demo it to me. I first learned about the whole e-cig thing from videos of them at CES 2008. I've only smoked one or two real cigarettes since.

    Dennis: From what I've read, your complaint is one of the most common. But also fairly common is e-cig users coming to prefer the flavor of their e-cig to their once-beloved favorite cigarette brand, often claiming that after a few weeks on the e-cig exclusively, regular cigarettes taste like licking an ashtray. These aren't just casual social smokers saying this either; this is coming from long time, multi-pack per day smokers as well. Certainly though, smoking an e-cig is different from smoking the real things, and some people don't want to make the switch.

    Nicotine is indeed extremely dangerous. Based on what I have read, letting a small amount of pure nicotine absorb into your skin can kill your ass, quick. However, the stuff is these cartridges, even the higher strength ones, is far from pure nicotine. And while smoking can certainly cause cancer, I've not found any studies saying that nicotine alone can cause cancer. It does seem to lead to hardening of the arteries (due in part to the fact that it can raise blood pressure, I think), and some studies indicate that it can speed up the growth of existing cancer (according to wikipedia).

    So no, nicotine is not entirely harmless. But that's not the point. The point is that inhaling just nicotine is probably a lot safer than inhaling nicotine plus several other know carcinogens. It is worth mentioning here that you can get the cartridges for these e-cigs with zero nicotine, so you can use them to help you cope with the hand-to-mouth, oral fixation, “Oh lookit! I'm blowing smoke rings!” issues where other nicotine replacement therapies (gum, patches, etc.) fall severely short.

    Also worth mentioning is that the idea that each e-cig cartridge equals about a pack of real cigarettes is an outright marketing lie. No e-cig user I've ever talked to has been able to get more than about 5-7 cigarette's worth of smoking out of a single cartridge. Luckily, you can find cartridges for much cheaper (about $1 each) than the $5 these jerks want to charge for them.

  • LB1764

    you can have your e-cig with no nicotine too, not sure why some say some would be upset with e-cigs, just because they look like a smoke, they should be happy that it is not smoke, that is what they have always wanted right? less cancer, no secondhand smoke, no smell, no butts, sounds like a winwin for everyone to me

  • LB1764

    you can have your e-cig with no nicotine too, not sure why some say some would be upset with e-cigs, just because they look like a smoke, they should be happy that it is not smoke, that is what they have always wanted right? less cancer, no secondhand smoke, no smell, no butts, sounds like a winwin for everyone to me

  • http://www.howtoquitsmoking09.blogspot.com how to quit smoking

    That is pretty cool. Is there a sample or trial. I would hat eto pay 100 for a kit and find I did not like it

  • kalll

    So we can even “smoke” vitamins now? That's an interesting turn of things. Just how popular are these cigarettes now? I know they are a relatively new concept but how do people respond to that? I suppose no smoking signs don't include these cigarettes…

  • kalll

    So we can even “smoke” vitamins now? That's an interesting turn of things. Just how popular are these cigarettes now? I know they are a relatively new concept but how do people respond to that? I suppose no smoking signs don't include these cigarettes…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RAXFP2CA76L43MDA6CIP6NR77I Dennis H

    So are you saying it's better and cool to inhale carcinogens which are cancer causing agents than inhaling something with just nicotene… some flavoring, and water vapor? If anyone is lame it would be you for that lame and stupid way of thinking that you have.