The Electric, Smokeless Cigarette
Crown 7, in an effort to cash in on us overtaxed cancer-stick wielding suckers, is offering electric cigars, cigarettes, and pipes that the company claims will allow you to smoke in normally smoke-free areas. A filter cartridge is inserted in the device and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (just like in your cell phone or laptop) activates a smoke-like water vapor that fills your lungs with nicotine and an earthy (read: tastes vaguely like dirt) tobacco flavor.
While the idea sounds pretty good on paper, in practice the whole thing sort of falls apart. First, we doubt you'll actually get away with smoking this thing in restaurants, on trains, or any other place where smoking is banned. Second, the price is astronomical, even for us smokers who are pretty used to being taken advantage of. The cigar unit runs $65, the cigarette $100, and the pipe $150. Cartridges run $10 for a pack of five. Third, we're not sure how comfortable we are sucking on anything that needs to be charged like a cell phone.
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