The blog world is a buzz right now about a $200 battery-powered electronic cigarette that you smoke just like the real thing - only it delivers nicotine as a vapor.
Designed by China's Golden Dragon Group, the Ruyan "e-cigarette" was reportedly created for "health" and "pleasure" reasons and is battery operated. The company said it expects sales to double in 2007 as it expands overseas.
According to China Daily, the faux ciggies consist of a built-in microprocessor and atomizer that combine air intake with nicotine from a cartridge. When inhaled, it gives off a vapor that the company says is non-toxic. $200 for a fake cancer stick that is "non-toxic" but still lets out nicotine? I'm not buying it.