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JCC WTF is an E-Cigarette?

Discussion in 'Community' started by yankee8255, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    [link=http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/31/thankos-usb-powered-health-e-cigarettes-sound-healthy/]link[/link]

    So I was channel-surfing a few weeks ago when I saw an infomercial for what appeared to be a cigarette being plugged in to a computer via a USB cable. I didn't have time to watch long enough to hear an explanation of what it was, but the blurb I saw indicated that it has some sort of health benefit over traditional cancer sticks.

    WTH are these things? Are these our new robot overlords?
     
  2. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=e-cigarette
     
  3. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    Apparently they're supposed to blow up and give you severe burns.
     
  4. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I already googled it, that's what lead to the link I posted. I was hoping someone in the vast jcc community could enlighten me on what would possess someone with a functioning brain to plug a cigarette into a computer.
     
  5. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    feedback on inhale strength?
     
  6. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Just all-around insightful brilliance as we've come to expect from the JCC.
     
  7. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Friend of mine who used to smoke swears by his. The USB plug-in is for recharging.
     
  8. hudzu

    hudzu Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    as i understand it you have to charge it because it vaporizes some sort of flavored nicotine that tastes like chocolate or vanilla or whatever you want and you do this because you want nicotine and it tastes good.
     
  9. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    It basically gives you a nicotine hit without the cancerous bits in real cigarettes. I don't smoke so I haven't used one of these.
     
  10. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I think they're great. I smoked for over a decade before I decided to try the [link=http://www.blucigs.com/]blu[/link] while I was underway in November of 2010. I haven't smoked a "real" cigarette since. I haven't felt any overwhelming urge to "quit". You get the nicotine and the "feel" of smoking but you don't have to deal with the smell or the carcinogens. You also aren't infringing on anyone around you as the water vapor you exhale dissipates within a foot or two you within seconds.

    Andrew was right about them needing to be periodically charged. The battery sends an electrical charge through the cartridge, which contains the nicotine, atomizing the nicotine/water mix and creates the "smoke" (water vapor). You can charge the battery in a variety of ways, one of which happens to be a USB charger.

    You can't smoke them on planes. Also, earlier versions of the device were activated easily when carried in pockets and the like. This resulted in near-continuous discharge of the battery, resulting in overheating and excessive buildup of pressure in the cartridges. There were reports of exploding cartridges and mild burns from this phenomenon.

    My soon-to-be-ex wife and I both tried the e-cig to quit smoking. It works for me. She went back to smoking in fairly short order. So there's some anecdotal success-rate data for ya.

     
  11. Alpha-Red

    Alpha-Red Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Eh, I recall seeing a number of articles saying that E-cigarettes are really bad for you too =/
     
  12. TiniTinyTony

    TiniTinyTony Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Instead of smoking my friends call it vaping. 90% of them that used to smoke actual cigarettes have switched to the e-cigarette. Personally as one of the few non-smokers of my group of friends, I think they are great because I hate the smell of cigarette smoke.
     
  13. Mortimer_Snerd

    Mortimer_Snerd Jedi Knight star 6

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    There are good ones and bad ones. The bad ones are available at gas stations and convenience stores everywhere for about $10, and they totally don't work. The good ones are available online and at mall kiosks for about $100 and from what I understand, they can be very effective.

     
  14. TiniTinyTony

    TiniTinyTony Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Yeah, two of my friends had the Blu. They returned it. They all have the v2 where the kit costs about $100 online and it comes with the charger and whatnot. They have all been very happy with it.
     
  15. Whitey

    Whitey Jedi Master star 6

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  16. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    The Blu, which is what I've been using for a year, costs between $65 and $95 for a starter kit and then you purchase cartridges for about $10/pack. Each pack has 5 cartridges in it, which is like 5 packs of cigarettes. I've been incredibly happy with them.


    I have not read any such articles. Then again, no studies have been done so I'd probably question the validity of any such article anyway.
     
  17. Jabba-wocky

    Jabba-wocky Chosen One star 9

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    Nicotine replacement has no demonstrated benefit in reducing rates of tobacco dependency.
     
  18. Jack1138

    Jack1138 Jedi Master star 5

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    Point made. 10 years ago I got really sick of smoking cigarettes. It got to the point where I quit. There was one problem though, I like to drink beer. Get a beer in me and ...wait for it.... I want a.... wait for it.... A CIGARETTE!!!!

    So these days I only want a smoke with a beer, it is like peanut butter and jelly or a Les Paul and a Marshall amp! They just GO TOGETHER!

    I am curious about these E-cigs but the good ones just look too pricey. :(
     
  19. AaylaSecurOWNED

    AaylaSecurOWNED Jedi Master star 6

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    I don't really give a fig if they help anyone get over their dependency, but it's nice as a non-smoker that they don't smell and don't actually emit smoke.
     
  20. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Agreed. My friend who uses one visits from the US and stays with me. He used to have to go outside for a smoke since as a nonsmoker I don't like the smell. With the e-cig he can 'smoke' inside.
     
  21. Alpha-Red

    Alpha-Red Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Well it was a while ago and my memory is kinda sketchy....I didn't really pay that much attention. I basically just thought to myself: "Wtf is an E-Cigarette?"
     
  22. wannasee

    wannasee Jedi Master star 4

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    Why would anyone buy chocolate or vanilla flavored cigarettes when there are menthol flavored cigarettes available?



     
  23. DarthTunick

    DarthTunick SfC Part IV Commissioner star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    I've smoked chocolate flavored cigars (the Phillie blunt brand) before. They're quite good.


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  24. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Because of this thread, I got me one today. Better than I thought. You don't get the full buzz of a real ciggy, but as a day-to-day replacement, I can see me continuing to use it
     
  25. TheGuardianofArlon

    TheGuardianofArlon Jedi Master star 6

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    We sell these ones called Blu at my work along with another type..

    I think its weird