A Chinese company, Ruyan Ltd. Group, has developed an electronic cigarette that allows you to check your Tweets, log onto Facebook, send an IM, and enjoy a smokeless smoke. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is, except for the smokeless smoke part. Ruyan–which means “like smoking”–produced its first e-cigarette in 2004, using a patented technology that dissolves nicotine in a cartridge and then pumps it out in a vapor that resembles smoke. An LED light simulates a real cigarette’s ember tip so you don’t look like a complete tool sucking on it. While the battery-operated Ruyan V8 ain’t cheap ($240 for the cigarette, batteries, and 20 cartridges of nicotine solution), some see it as a safer-alternative to smoking.
David Sweanor, an adjunct law professor at Ottawa University and former legal counsel of the Non Smokers Rights Association in Canada, said:
“It’s the delivery system that’s killing people. Anytime you suck smoke into your lungs you’re going to do yourself a great deal of damage. Nicotine has some slight risks but they are minor compared to the risk of smoke in cigarettes.“
Still, the e-cigarette has yet to be approved by the FDA or your Hardass Asian Mother.
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