I may have mentioned elsewhere on the Dope that I am a rather heavy smoker. On my good days I can force myself to only smoke half a pack, when I don’t pay attention I can smoke a pack and a half, when I go out drinking with friends I can smoke two. Yes, I admit, that’s alot of cigarettes and I probably should quit. Easier said than done, of course.
My mother-in-law saw an infomercial for an “electronic cigarette” that cost something like 200RMB (we live in China, BTW, where late-night infomercials are notorious for selling useless junk…even more useless than the crap sold in infomercials in the US: “Quote the Raven: WHAT A SHINE!”) and she’s been pressuring me to buy one. That’s not very much USD, and isn’t really all that much in China, but it’s not the kind of money I’d like to spend on some useless gadget that wont help. What’s more, I’ve never even heard of this kind of technology and, frankly, don’t really want to use it. In the long run, though, it seems cheaper to have a rechargable cigarette than to keep buying a pack each day. Anyone have any experience with “electronic cigarettes” or know anyone who does? It all just reeks of snake oil to me, but I’d be willing to give it a whirl if I could cut down on my smoking and save a few bucks in the process.