Greg Z told me about these… And here's another article about them. Apparently, similar but not identical products have been on sale in America, but did not sell well. But the FDA has been "detaining and refusing" e-cigarettes because they are considered unapproved new drugs. (I predicted this.)
This is the same idea behind vaporizers for marijuana. It is possible to deliver drugs to your lungs without smoking. In fact, it would probably save a lot of lives. Too bad it costs $60-$240, and most certainly costs more than cigarettes. And the cheapest form of a drug always sells well — which is why crack and liquor are so popular, and this would never surpass cigarettes unless it was cheaper. Which would only be possible with a government subsidy. In a country with socialized medicine, that subsidy would pay for itself. In a country with capitalist medicine, there's profit to be made in people dying.
pfft.. the new electronic marketplace is all about censorship, technical and otherwise. can't get boobies on an iphone (or flash, or java), can't use features you paid for on your Kindle 2…. looks like the pirates win again, as those who DON'T pay will continue being able to do whatever the fuck they want.
There's been a lot of speculation lately about the publishing industry following in the steps of and making the same mistakes as the now fey music industry.
Sunday, March 1st, 2009
March 1, 2009