Digital smoking could curb unhealthy habit?
It looks as though smokers these days have less and less places to light up legally as smoking bans sweep across a whole bunch of developed nations. As for developing nations, you’ll still be able to flout those bans with little effect, and can even flick the cigarette stub onto the floor with little care. Several tech savvy companies have taken up the task to help smokers keep up with their habit in public while finding a loophole in the wall – that is, delivering a nicotine fix minus the negative effects that will affect both the smoker and non-smoker. While nicotine patches certainly help wean the smoker off lighting up frequently, the don’t exactly perform too well. What about the idea of “digital” smoking? This idea allows smokers to light up in public without flouting those anti-smoking laws that are already in place.
The Crown7 is one of such products, featuring an Art Deco styled tube that comes with a cartridge and rechargeable battery. This cartridge will hold some water, propylene glycol, nicotine, and a tobacco flavor of your choice. A single cartridge is the equivalent of approximately two packs of cigarettes, while each costs approximately $2 to manufacture, making it by far the more affordable option than one-off use cigarettes. You do need to fork out a rather hefty initial investment though, as the reusable tube will set you back anywhere from $64.95 to $149.95 – but as with other more expensive items in life, you have to think about the long run before making a decision.
Crown7 will boast three styles that cater to individual smokers – cigarette, cigar, and pipe. The main benefit lies in the fact that it contains nicotine but does not pollute the environment nor introduce carcinogens to the lungs of second hand smokers around you. Instead, it emits just a harmless vapor that does not leave any odor in a room or on clothing. Would smokers really settle for a solution such as this, or would they prefer the tough, no-nonsense Marlboro Man image holding a real ciggie?