I’m getting thoroughly sick of the EU referendum.
Here are a couple of slip-on cigarette covers by Australian cartoonist Bill Leak.
It seems that there are lots of things like this in Australia, where there’s been “plain packaging” for some time already.
Good, isn’t it? You buy a product, and then you have to buy another product to conceal the first product.
And my e-lighters arrived a few days ago, probably all the way from China.
My ones were already charged when I unpacked them, so I just started using one.
They work perfectly well. The only thing I found was that it’s a bit tricky to guide a cigarette onto the circular heating element, though you probably get the knack pretty quickly. With a standard cigarette lighter, the flame is usually quite large, and you don’t have to be particularly accurate about where you stick the cigarette into the flame.
The other thing I found was that, with my roll-ups, there’s usually not much tobacco at the ends, and I started out lighting just the paper on several roll-ups. But if the roll-up is pushed firmly onto the heating element, it’s not a problem. Again, this isn’t a problem with ordinary lighters, because the larger flame lights both the paper and the tobacco.
And also ordinary lighter flames appear instantly, while there’s a delay of a second or so before the e-lighter element starts glowing, and only a second or two while it stays glowing, so you have to be quick to get the cigarette onto the element.
I used the e-lighter for an entire evening, and I used it again today sitting out in a fairly breezy pub garden. I estimate that I must have got something like 30 lights out of it so far, sometimes relighting a roll-up 4 or 5 times, without recharging it – although I haven’t been counting carefully.
I suspect that if the thing has any weakness, it’ll be the little heating element. The one on mine seems to have got a bit bent already, under the impact of roll-ups being pressed against it. And the element tends to get coated with tobacco residue (although I’ve managed to scrape this off quite easily).
My general impression of it is pretty favourable, although for speed and simplicity a standard lighter has the edge.
It’s good to see new smoking technologies appearing in this anti-smoking era.