10 Facts That Everyone Gets Wrong About Vaping

About a year ago, a couple of good friends invited me to help them run a vape shop and eventual e-juice manufacturer in my hometown (Louisville, Colorado). We in this industry believe vaping to be potentially enormously beneficial to public health, and we've been dismayed to see it take a pretty stern beating in the… » 11/19/14 10:55am 11/19/14 10:55am

Tattletale Smoke Detector Knows When and What You're Smoking

Just because it's illegal for people to smoke in certain areas, it doesn't necessarily mean they won't, and putting up a 'No Smoking' sign isn't much of a deterrent. So Joseph BelBruno, a chemistry professor from Dartmouth College, has turned his research on second-hand smoke into a new kind of smoke detector that's… » 10/29/14 12:12pm 10/29/14 12:12pm

The Future E-Cig Comes With an Internet Connection—And Real Tobacco

Cigarettes' high-tech makeover hasn't stopped with vaping's souped-up mods and flavored liquid nicotine. There's a new sort of quasi e-cig that's electronically heated, but still contains tobacco. And soon, it could be internet-enabled too. » 10/10/14 12:13pm 10/10/14 12:13pm

The Maker of Vuse E-Cigs Is Lobbying to Ban Vaping (Updated)

The biggest of the big tobacco companies, RJ Reynolds, which also owns the fast-growing e-cig brand Vuse, is trying real hard to convince lawmakers to ban vaping. That might sound ass-backwards, but it isn't. The firm is almost certainly hoping to stymie the competition by making sure its disposable "cigalikes" pass… » 9/11/14 11:09am 9/11/14 11:09am

American Heart Association Is OK with E-Cigs But Only as a Last Resort

The e-cigarette lobby won a little victory today, when the American Heart Association issued a policy statement that does not condemn vaping. That's not exactly an endorsement, though. » 8/25/14 12:43pm 8/25/14 12:43pm

Old Cigarette Butts Could Be Used To Make Supercapacitors

The world has too many nasty old cigarette butts. On the other hand, the world could use some supercapacitors, the high-tech replacements for batteries that could potentially charge in seconds. Scientists in South Korea have found a simple process to turn used cigarette filters into high-performing material that works… » 8/05/14 3:18pm 8/05/14 3:18pm

Would These Redesigned Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking cold turkey takes a rare sort of willpower that most of us will, unfortunately, never know. So for the weaker willed masses looking to kick the habit, these new cigarette packaging concepts may be just what the (questionable) doctor ordered. » 6/02/14 11:40am 6/02/14 11:40am

Study: Some E-Cigs Put Out Tobacco-Like Levels of Carcinogens

An upcoming study in the peer-reviewed journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research says that some tank-style e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing formaldehyde in their vapor at levels similar to traditional tobacco cigarettes. The New York Times, which revealed the findings ahead of publication, says a second study confirms the… » 5/04/14 9:12am 5/04/14 9:12am

This Interactive Ashtray Rewards Smokers For Throwing Away Their Butts

Cigarette butts are the bane of a city's existence: you can find them almost everywhere, smashed flat on the sidewalks, stubbed into planter boxes, drifting into the gutters like tube-shaped snow. While some public spaces offer ways to dispose of those lipstick-rimmed filters, most smokers simply use the street as an… » 5/02/14 5:40pm 5/02/14 5:40pm

Watch a crazy dude smoke 100 cigarettes at once with this contraption

Ah, that's a good hit. 100 good hits, actually. Artist Wyatt Burns created a way to smoke 100 cigarettes at once with a crazy contraption and it looks, well, predictably suffocating. He lights up all the cigarettes with a torch and feeds all the smoke into a plastic bag. In his performance art piece, he basically… » 3/04/14 8:49pm 3/04/14 8:49pm

These Classic Nike Sneakers Are Actually Made Out of Cigarette Packs

We've all felt it: The unique kind of envy that results from encountering something you want, but can't afford. For some of us, it's the new iPhone. For others, it's an eight-foot-long hot tub boat. For artist Jason Ruff in his younger years, it was sneakers and cigarettes—which serve as materials for his latest… » 10/18/13 2:20pm 10/18/13 2:20pm

The Best E-Cigarette

Electronic cigarettes change everything for smokers. One day you're a societal menace, a pariah forced out onto the street to get your fix—the next you're dosing yourself with nicotine in the New York Public Library. » 8/22/12 3:42pm 8/22/12 3:42pm

The Cigarette Packages of the Future Are Going to Be Really Horrible

It's official: after rejecting the tobacco companies' appeal, the High Court of Australia has declared the country's new obligatory cigarette packaging law constitutional. Look at them above—starting on December 1, the packages' iconic brand design will be fully replaced by the horrors of smoking. » 8/15/12 11:20am 8/15/12 11:20am

Who Steals a Cigarette the Size of a Telephone Pole?

Missing: 10-foot long, 150-pound wooden cigarette. Last Seen: the front yard of Silver Spring, MD resident Jeannie Roule. If you have any information: contact local authorities right away. » 6/01/12 3:20pm 6/01/12 3:20pm

Why Airplanes Still Have Ashtrays in the Bathrooms

You can't smoke on airplanes. For many reasons—both social and safety-related—that's a great idea, even if it does make some people a little cranky over long flights. So why the hell do they install ashtrays in the toilets? » 5/22/12 3:40pm 5/22/12 3:40pm

Healthy Dessert Cigarettes Sound More Addicting Than Real Life…

Smoke cigarettes? Bad! Eat desserts? Bad! Smoke desserts? Uh, good...? That's what Vaportrim, a dessert e-cigarette, promises. Yes, I just said dessert cigarette. Vaportrim is an inhaler that's supposed to taste just like desserts but without the fatty calories and guilt. A dessert you smoke that fulfills your… » 3/13/12 1:40pm 3/13/12 1:40pm

Judge Says Putting Disgusting Warning Pictures on Cigarette Boxes Is a…

Those disgusting images of holey throats, lumpy lungs, broke ass teeth, etc. that the FDA was planning on plastering on cigarettes to curb smoking? Um, it doesn't look like it's going to happen. A federal judge just said those images were a violation of free speech. Wait what? » 11/08/11 1:20pm 11/08/11 1:20pm

Deep Inside Prison's Dark and Tangled Economy

A movie-goer's concept of prison economy is likely that it's a cigarette-fueled barter system. That may be part of it, but it only scratches the surface. The truth is a violent world of sex, drugs and... postage stamps? » 10/27/11 12:33pm 10/27/11 12:33pm

What Drinking, Smoking and Eating Too Much Will Do to Your Face (It…

I'm young and dumb and partake in all kinds of illicit activities. It's part of growing up, right? But after seeing these pictures of what happens to a normal person if they kept living an unhealthy lifestyle? I'm now scared for my future. » 10/20/11 4:20pm 10/20/11 4:20pm

The WISPR Vaporizer Looks Like a Retro Transistor Radio

There's an endless list of reasons why you should probably just quit smoking. But quitting isn't easy, so the WISPR promises to deliver everything you love about cigarettes, with a bit less of the stuff that could be killing you. » 10/15/11 2:00pm 10/15/11 2:00pm