A New Cigarette Faux You

March 25, 2009 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Japan is a nation of smokers. At restaurants, cafes, train stations, bathroom stalls — you’ll always find yourself surrounded by a handful of nicotine-addicts puckering up for a deep, long drag. Being the sole non-smoker in Tokyo, I got used to spraying Febreeze on my clothes after an evening with friends. The stench of tobacco was just a fact of life.

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So it didn’t surprise me to find that a Japanese company came up with a cost-effective means of smoking — the super cigarette: an electric device that looks and tastes like the real thing and can save chain-smokers up to $800 a year. Special features include: a chargeable battery; an LED bulb at the end of the device that turns red when you suck in; and a smoke-producing cartridge that comes in different flavors like menthol, strawberry and cherry (Think hookah).

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The amazing thing is that as much as this product seems like the real thing it doesn’t emit tar nor other carcinogens found in a pack of Marlboros. So along with saving money, it’s supposedly a good way to wean yourself off the habit. All this can be yours for only $120!

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Of course if you know a smoker or two, you’ll realize that kicking the addiction is hard. Really, really hard. And especially in a country where many start smoking as young as 12, you’re gonna have a lot of die-hards yearning for the real thing. But who knows… maybe there’s a trick to this new-fangled pipe. Never know ’til you try, right?

Himawari

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