October 10, 2013

I Like, Totally Don’t Know What I Want, You Guys

Ok, so this article I'm about to mention was written by a UK writer, so I have no idea what vapid Brits actually sound like, so just pretend the title makes sense.  Anyway, there was an opinion piece in the Independent penned by a TV critic (I think) that was essentially a baseless attack on e-cigarettes with no research at all.  But the weird thing was the author apparently wanted e-cigarettes to exist based on the introduction in the article.

E-cigarettes simply reinforce a terrible habit

When I was struggling to give up smoking, I often wondered when scientists would stop faffing around with that Large Hadron Collider and invent a cigarette that didn’t kill you. After teleportation and an iPhone battery that lasts longer than 12 hours, surely this must have topped the “Overdue” column on Science’s Big To Do List? Then, some time last year, that little plastic device with a red glowing light on the end was suddenly everywhere. It was to the rebellious allure of actual cigarettes as a Ken doll’s crotch is to real sex, but still, it worked. It allowed the smoker to inhale nicotine, without the harmful effects of tobacco. Healthy cigs had finally arrived. Be careful what you wish for.

So, e-cigarettes are the next best thing since flying cars, but they're also evil with secret ingredients? Maybe it's just because the writer went through the hell of quitting smoking without e-cigarettes only to find these things already existed. Like, I dunno.

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