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Le Whif Coffee Inhaler: First Hit's Free $3

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The makers of the Chocolate Inhaler have done themselves one better. The Le Whif Coffee Inhaler, a lipstick-sized tube that contains a "breathable coffee powder," gives you a nice caffeine fix without all that drinking and swallowing messiness. How nice?


Oh, just 100mg of caffeine. To give you some perspective, that's somewhere between a cup of instant and a double espresso, just from one little puff off a biodegradable tube. To give you overwhelming perspective, there's this:

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This can only end well! The Coffee Inhaler is available for $3 a pop, or a box of three for $8. You know, if you want to share with friends, or never sleep again. [Le Whif via Boing Boing]

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So this is legal and marijuana is not.

hmm, what's wrong with this picture?

Inhaling particulate matter is never a good idea...

Health effects

Air pollution measurement station in Emden, Germany

Particulate matter rupturing, blocking and/or passing through alveoli, leading to cancer, alzheimers, atherosclerosis and permanent declines in lung capacity

The effects of inhaling particulate matter have been widely studied in humans and animals and include asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular issues, and premature death. The size of the particle is a main determinant of where in the respiratory tract the particle will come to rest when inhaled. Because of the size of the particle, they can penetrate the deepest part of the lungs.[5] Larger particles are generally filtered in the nose and throat and do not cause problems, but particulate matter smaller than about 10 micrometers, referred to as PM10, can settle in the bronchi and lungs and cause health problems. The 10 micrometer size does not represent a strict boundary between respirable and non-respirable particles, but has been agreed upon for monitoring of airborne particulate matter by most regulatory agencies. Similarly, particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers, PM2.5, tend to penetrate into the gas exchange regions of the lung, and very small particles (< 100 nanometers) may pass through the lungs to affect other organs. In particular, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that PM2.5 leads to high plaque deposits in arteries, causing vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis — a hardening of the arteries that reduces elasticity, which can lead to heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems [6]. Researchers suggest that even short-term exposure at elevated concentrations could significantly contribute to heart disease.