09. 18. 2007
Crown 7 electric cigarette
I'm one of those people who would love smoking to be banned from all public places, but I do feel some sympathy for my smoking friends who get twitchy by dessert in a smoke-free restaurant. There are patches and gum, of course, but no hard-core smoker would be caught chewing some fruity Nicorette. So I'm curious to know what a real smoker would think of the Crown 7 electric cigarette.
The Crown 7 cigarette (also available in cigar and pipe styles) is an electronic cigarette which uses nicotine cartridges which also contain water for creating smoky looking vapor to simulate the puffs of carcinogens without the public health concerns. You can watch a video here. There is a tobacco "flavor" but the product claims there is no odor. There's a rechargeable battery for making the vapor, and a nicotine cartridge lasts for the equivalent of two packs of regular cigs.
It looks more like a fancy pen than a cigarette (it's described as being "art deco" style), but perhaps for someone trying to quit or who doesn't want to smoke in public, it might satisfy the urge to light up as it replicates so many of the rituals of smoking only without the sharing of noxious odors and smoke.
The Crown 7 site seems to be promoting this as something to use in places where smoking is banned, but the vapors will probably still get you kicked out of many smoke-free places. But perhaps you'll impress someone with your "futuristic" cancer stick.
The cigarette kit isn't cheap, at $100 for the cigarette, recharger, two lithium batteries, two filters, and two cartridges. Additional cartridge packs are $10, and include 5 cartridges, which would make it equivalent to about 10 packs of real cigarettes, a real bargain, especially if you need to save up for chemotherapy.