New Smoking Technologies

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.


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13 Responses to New Smoking Technologies

  1. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Ned Kelly I love it. Mick Jagger and Keith live forever Richards

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    Meanwhile at the Daily Mail…
    “Could the decline in SMOKING be behind rise in Parkinson’s? Scientists believe nicotine in — tobacco ‘may protect the brain’ (but doctors say you still shouldn’t spark up)
    – Studies have linked tobacco use with reduction in Parkinson’s disease
    – Nicotine has been associated protecting the brain in number of studies
    – Fall in smoking rates has been linked to increases in Parkinson’s cases
    – Better awareness of symptoms and access to care could be responsible
    Read more:

    • Rose says:

      Still trying to push nicotine, I see.

      Why the wicked weed wards off Parkinson’s

      “A SUBSTANCE that may protect the brain against Parkinson’s disease has been found in tobacco smoke, a discovery that could shed light on the causes of this debilitating condition.

      Researchers have known for decades that smokers are less likely to develop Parkinson’s than non-smokers, but not why. Four years ago, however, Joanna Fowler of Brookhaven National laboratory in New York showed that in long-term smokers a brain enzyme called monoamine oxidase (MAO) is 40 per cent less active.

      The hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease–tremors and a shuffling gait–are thought to be caused by a lack of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is crucial for controlling body movement.

      Normally, MAO breaks down such neurotransmitters, but it can also help convert other substances into toxins that poison dopamine-producing brain cells.

      “Intrigued by these findings, Kay and Neal Castagnoli and a team at the Harvey W. Peters Research Center at Virginia Tech set out to identify substances in smoke that inhibit the enzyme.

      They isolated a compound that blocks MAO’s activity in the test tube, and found that it protected mice from the poisonous effects of MPTP, one of the substances that MAO converts into a toxin, they told the meeting.”

      Parkinson’s Inhibitor Fingered in Tobacco

      “They ground up tobacco leaves and tested representative samples in a test tube to see if they inhibited MAO. From the fraction containing the most potent MAO inhibitor, they isolated a chemical known as 2,3,6-trimethyl-1,4-naphthoquinone.

      To find out whether this was a key MAO-inhibitor in cigarette smoke, Castagnoli’s team examined mice in which dopamine-producing neurons were killed with a compound called MPTP that’s converted to a toxin in the brain, causing symptoms much like Parkinson’s disease. Without the naphthoquinone, dopamine levels in the mice given MPTP dropped 60% below normal.

      Yet when the mice were pretreated with naphthoquinone, dopamine levels fell only 40%. This suggests that naphthoquinone “is a good [MAO] inhibitor–not gangbusters, but a good inhibitor,” Castagnoli says.

      Napthoquinone had previously been found in tobacco smoke, but not linked to dopamine.”

      “1,4-Naphthoquinone, of which the Vitamin K group compounds are derivatives”

      “Solanesol, extracted from tobacco leaves, is used in synthesis of high-value bio-chemicals such as vitamin-K analogues and Co-enzyme Q10 (Co Q10). Solanesol, the starting material used in the synthesis of Co Q 10 and Vitamin K analogues, is also a potentiating agent in these medicines.”
      http: //

      Study Suggests Coenzyme Q10 Slows Functional Decline in Parkinson’s Disease

      Coenzyme Q10 is an important link in the chain of chemical reactions that produces this energy. It also is a potent antioxidant – a chemical that “mops up” potentially harmful chemicals generated during normal metabolism.
      Previous studies carried out by Dr. Shults, Richard Haas, M.D., of UCSD and Flint Beal, M.D., of Cornell University have shown that coenzyme Q10 levels in mitochondria from PD patients are reduced and that mitochondrial function in these patients is impaired.

      Animal studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 can protect the area of the brain that is damaged in PD”
      https: //

      Parkinson’s protection without caffeine or nicotine

      “Decaf coffee and nicotine-free tobacco aren’t just for the health-conscious. Giving them to flies with a form of Parkinson’s disease has revealed that although coffee and cigarettes protect the brain, caffeine and nicotine aren’t responsible for the benefit.

      If the compounds that put up this brain defence can be identified, they may offer a preventive Parkinson’s treatment where none currently exists, says Leo Pallanck, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, whose team led the new study.

      “We think that there’s something else in coffee and tobacco that’s really important,” he says.”
      http: //

      Wouldn’t it be nice if they all talked to each other, it would save a lot of time and effort.

  3. mikef317 says:

    This belongs with my three June 19th “I Feel British” comments on junk science. Found it on the sidebar of Chris Snowdon’s blog, from the “Science-Based Medicine site.” I think it deserves wide distribution.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Too many acronyms for me.


      I prefer stuff that’s written in plain English.

      • smokervoter says:

        Amen to that Frank. There’s nothing worse than reading an article and suddenly coming across an undefined acronym, initialism, etc., and then having to hop over to the Urban Dictionary or Wikistupidia to clarify things.

        What irks me to no end is the fact that with a simple text editor like NoteTab Light you can type out your article in initialisms and then apply the REPLACE ALL function once and wallah!, no more head scratching for your long suffering reader.

        But that would remove the elitist, ‘Aren’t I Internet Kewl’, aspect for the douchebag authors amongst us.

        Try to be cool, you just made a fool…a little lyrical snippet from an old Steve Stills tune (Manassas album to be exact).

        • Joe L. says:

          In the author’s defense, he does define all of the initialisms used. I believe the author thought the article would be a long and arduous read if he kept repeating phrases like “randomized controlled clinical trial” and “complementary and alternative medicine.”

          However, I agree that the use of so many initialisms actually wound up making the article very tedious to read in a different way. It’s a case of “six of one, half a dozen of the other.”

          That said, if you can slog through it, the article does a great job of explaining/exposing the fraudulent and religious nature of randomized controlled clinical trials and “evidence-based medicine” in general, tracing its origins back to a man who held no academic qualification in either medicine or statistics, Austin Bradford Hill.

        • nisakiman says:

          And of course, we all know what Austin Bradford Hill was famous for, along with his Monsanto funded chum, Sir Richard Doll.

          It rather beggars belief that the decidedly dodgy statistical ruminations of these two agenda / funding driven self-styled ‘experts’ has determined global policy.

      • mikef317 says:

        I kind of agree with everyone. Good paper, badly written.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:
  5. junican says:

    I bought a couple of similar lighters a couple of years ago. Yes, it was tricky to get the cig in the hole, but not so much as to be a bother. But both lighters did not last long. It was the heated element which deteriorated quite rapidly. I doubt that the both of them lasted for six months. I think that the wires in the heated element just broke due to the heat and contamination from tobacco residue, to say nothing of the moisture in the tobacco. I hope that yours last longer.

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