On 9/17/09 this newsletter (#4)
was published with the following introduction. It was promptly "banned"
by the Constant Contact system for a "terms of service violation" and
my account threatened with termination.
I am including the offending copy in this archive and I invite
you to make up your own mind about the whole thing. Here is the full copy
re-submitted for your consideration.
As a technology writer I have had many opportunities
over the years to test and write about different technologies. Mainly
computers, peripherals and internet stuff but occasionally I do look at
other things that technology throws my way.
This week I thought I would write about the new "electronic cigarettes"
that I recently got involved with.
Now apparently these things have been around for a while but I only
recently became aware of them. They are marketed as a
"logical smoking alternative" by a company called inLife and they have
caught my attention for a number of reasons. First of all I have been a
smoker for decades so in a way I'm kind of an authority on it - I know
what it feels like to smoke, what it costs and also what it feels like
to run out of cigarettes. I know what the health risks are, I
about the yellow fingertips, the bad breath and yellow teeth,
burns on shirts and carpets, the nasty overloaded ashtrays and I know
what it's like to stand outside of a restaurant in the rain to have a
When I was shown this device, this "smoking
simulator," for the first time it almost seemed too good to be true
and, no matter how I look at it I can't find any significant down side
is no fire, no ignition and therefore no smoke, just water vapor that
evaporates quickly after delivering a dose of tasty nicotine in about
the same quantity and sensation that you would expect with a "real"
cigarette. But, since there is no ignition, you have none of the by
products that you get with a real cigarettes. You can also smoke these
most places where smoking is prohibited.
Furthermore there is
the cost; the device consists of 3 parts - a battery, an atomizer and a
nicotine cartridge. Each nicotine cartridge is approximately the
equivalent to a pack of cigarettes and when purchased in the convenient
"4 pack" (4 eight pack
cartons - 32 cartridges or a month supply), averages down to about
$2.50 a "pack." Compare that to the $5.50 plus prices that are
commonplace for traditional smokes.
The cigarette only "burns"
when you draw on it so there is no burned out butt wasting away in the
ash tray nor does the device annoy the people around you. The sensation
when you use it is remarkable and I still chuckle when I see a smoker
tentatively try one for the first time only to exclaim "oh my God, it's
To say that the company has an interesting marketing
strategy is putting it lightly; everyone who purchases a device also
has the option to become a distributor and receives a free replicable
website at no extra cost. That means when people come up to you and ask
a bunch of questions (or where they can get one), you can just give
them your web address and let it answer any questions for you.
My inLife website is: www.myinlife.com/seanmccarthy
and can also be gotten to by clicking any of the pictures above.
you are a smoker (or if a loved one is a smoker) and you would like to
learn a way to satisfy that craving without the over 4000 nasty
chemicals found in regular smokes, turn your volume down a notch (trust
me ;) and click on my
and learn more. Then, let me know what
you think; I can't be the only one that thinks this is too good to be
Oh, and enjoy this weeks newsletter!