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Vapes are great if, for whatever reason, you want to quit
smoking. They come closer than anything else to replacing
cigarettes, but they are not perfect.
Smoking is more about psychology than nicotine or flavour,
and vapes fail in one fundamental way. If you stop for a
cigarette, it is a
defined interval in time: you light it, enjoy it
for five minutes, and then it's over. Vapes, however, can be
used for as much or as little time as you wish. The whole
ritual of "stopping for a cigarette" is lost.
I propose single-shot vapes. The pack is about the same size
as a regular pack of cigarettes, and contains (for instance)
twenty vapes. Each vape is about the size of a regular
cigarette, and contains enough vape liquid for several uses.
However, its battery (or even supercapacitor) is pathetically
small, and will last only 20 or 30 drags.
When you're done, you put the vape back into the box, where
it is recharged from a larger battery (which itself can be
recharged from a USB port). After charging, that vape can be
used again, and so on until it runs out of liquid, which can also
Thus, you have something more like a regular pack of
cigarettes. If you take a "smoke break", its duration is
determined by the battery life of the vape. If you want a
longer break, of course, you just move on to the next vape in
the pack. You can even "chain vape" if you wish, recharging
each vape in rotation.
||Or you could realise that vaping is almost as bad for you as
cigarette smoking, and not do either...
||You could swap out some of the vapes with real cigarrettes, Ideally the new self-lighting ones (soon to be idea'd by a genius 'baker).
||//vaping is almost as bad for you as cigarette smoking// No,
seriously, it's not. There isn't the length of data that there is
for tobacco, but no sane person (and that includes no
cardiologist and no pulmonologist) would say that vaping is
nearly as hazardous as cigarettes. In fact nicotine per se is
neuroprotective and reduces the likelihood of several
neurological diseases; so, there's a decent chance that vaping
will turn out to be net-neutral or net-beneficial overall.
||I heard but didn't really listen to a thing on CBC Radio yesterday about
how Health Canada had tried to make vaping really accessible a couple
of years ago to help people quit smoking, but was now trying to
backtrack because it actually has a very low success rate as a smoking
cessation method, and also because they hadn't anticipated the rise of
teen vaping. They also said on this program that Big Tobacco had tried
to create similar vaping products in the past, but "needed [somebody
else] to show them how"I was thinking vaping actually got big when it
did due to the availability of lithiumion batteries (the same applying
to big-screen smartphones, electric cars, drones, powerful laptop
computers, and good cordless tools, among other things). Anyway, I'd
still say vaping of tobacco- or cannabis-based stuff is almost certainly
at least way less bad for one's health than smoking the corresponding
plant matter, though I'll wait for more data on exactly how harmful or
not it is, and refrain from either mode of consumption of either drug
for the foreseeable future.
||I think I'd rather risk a few particulates than a load of white cells hungry to chew something that isn't there.
||This is still going to be cheaper than a packet of cigarettes.
||If you worked all day in a deep hole in the ground, you'd probably prefer something that tasted of strawberry to cover up the coal dust. It gets everywhere, you know...