What’s Up with the E-Cig Emails?

DrAdsforProfileWell the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.

Dear Dr. Ads,

I checked my email yesterday and discovered this:

Hello friend

Merry christmas to you in advance. Thanks for your time.

Do you know e-pipe K1000? It is very hot now. Our company have NEW Product e-pipe K1000 kit in stock, You can find it is more beautiful and very cool. Do you like it? And we can offer you my best price with high quality . . .

What the e-heck is going on here, Doc?

– Johnny Smoke

Dear Johnny Smoke,

First thing you should know: Electronic cigarettes are a hot product and an even hotter political/policy issue.

The current default position? Ban them. Even though there are no proven harmful effects of e-cigs and no federal regulations restricting their distribution or marketing.

For a smart discussion of the current rumpus, check out this NPR Here & Now segment.

As for that email you got, here’s what the e-pipe K1000 website says:

Unique Feature for epipe k1000 ecig

1.quie E Pipe style201311271940261518252

2. Hold on 18350 Battery 900mAh capacity

3. Full mechanical mod

4.Matching 510 Threading,Varied Atomizer Available Like CE/eGo/Vivi Nova Series, X1, X8, x9

5. OEM Service is Offer. Welcome Enquiry and Purchasing

Whatever the hell all that means.

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What’s Up with the VMR Electronic Cigarettes Ad?

DrAdsforProfileWell the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.

Dear Dr. Ads,

Full disclosure: I’m a smoker, which in today’s society means I am 1) morally deficient, and 2) an endless source of revenue for any and all state expenses.

(Not-So-Fun Fact to know and tell: In 2007, state excise taxes on tobacco rose by $3 billion. State excise taxes on alcohol that year rose by $3 million.)

Whatever.

In Monday’s New York Times, there was this full-page ad.

 

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So here’s my question.

What’s the deal with e-cigs? Safe nicotine harbor, or no?

– Vaporized

 

Dear Vaporized,

First off, check out the old Doc’s recent appearance on NPR’s Here & Now.

Then check out VMR Products LLC (which spent a six-figure bundle on the Times ad).

Then check out VaporTruth (the VMR e-cig mouthpiece).

 

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Then decide for yourself.