As much as I despise cigarette smoke and would like to see it all disappear, I have to say these manufacturers have definitely found a market. It seems like everywhere you go there are booths set up selling these things. Since they do contain electronic components and batteries, they are unfortunately included in the supply chain. The fact is that as long as cigarette prices continue to rise and more states and cities ban smoking, these e-cigs are going to sell.
Saranyati- I agree with you,I dont really see how e-ciga can reduce the number of smokers.It look so enticing with promise to reduce the risk on the normal cigarettes but then introducing new ones. Despite what ever it might promise ,there should still be strong restriction on it though.
Barbara, I think addiction is like a cancer. Couple of years back, companies had introduced the E-cigarettes to market as an alternative for tobacco cigarette. Even though it reduces the harmful effect of tobacco, which can cause lungs cancer, it can introduce some other respiratory problems. The presence of Led/Mercury in mouth can cause mouth ulcer and other related problems. More over the use and through of this devices can cause other types of environmental problems too.
Yes, it is a sign of addiction to habit if not substance.
I'd imagine that e-cigarettes would not be allowed to be sold to minors just like real cigarettes. I would also imagine that the advertising for them would have to be done in such a way that does not appear to lure teens.
I don't have any first-hand experience with smoking. However, I've had students who smoked who claimed that they crave the experience of smoking (in admitting to having smoked tea leaves when nothing else was on hand) and "just something to do with your hands," and not just nicotine. As far as that goes, the e-cigarette could fulfill the need, though I don't know if I would recommend it if it does not contribut to people being weaned off smoking altogether, which should be the real goal. BTW next week smoking will be illegal in NYC parks and beaches (see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/nyregion/03smoking.html. Perhaps the cigarettes would be allowed, though, if they don't give off smoke.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.