It looks like a cigarette (right down to the glowing red tip) and delivers that nice dose of nocotine like a cigarette, but proponents say electronic cigarettes are a healthy and cost effective alternative to smoking. Ooh boy.
Electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco and don't burn – instead they consist of a microchip and a "harmless" liquid that, when the user inhales, turns into a virtually odorless vapor and then provides the hit of nicotine. "Our product is comparable to the nicotine patch except people still get the oral fixation, which they love," explained Elicko Taieb, CEO of Smoking Everywhere in an article on CNN.com.
Wait, it gets better, Taieb says the company is "pretty sure" the product is safe. "There are no ingredients in our e-cigs that can cause cancer. However, it is a pretty new product, so we are not 100 percent sure of the side effects at this point."
It's words like "pretty sure" and "virtually odorless" that make you want to run right out and buy a pack. Alas, the FDA is clamping down and trying to halt importation of e-cigs since they're considered unapproved new drug and all that and politicians are getting in on the action too.
Now, in a just world, fashion model robots would get hooked on e-cigs.