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<b>HAZED AND DIFFUSED:</b> Collin Walker puffs away on his "mod"

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HAZED AND DIFFUSED: Collin Walker puffs away on his "mod"


Inside the E-Cigarette Revolution

Santa Barbara Vaping Business, Health, and Law


Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Electronic cigarettes are so hot right now. Everyone from moms to teens to Leonardo DiCaprio ​— ​seen puffing on one at the Golden Globes on Sunday ​— ​is buying up the handheld vaporizers, and they’ve undeniably ushered in a brave new world of nicotine delivery. Their makers and owners claim they help smokers quit, are easier on the lungs, and do away with many of the downsides of traditional tobacco products. But the trendy technology is so new, so untested and unproven, that state and local laws have struggled to keep up, and health officials remain skeptical of the purported benefits. What follows is an in-depth look at how Santa Barbara thinks, feels, and deals with e-cigarettes, and where shifting opinion and pending regulation may be headed.

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and they've tested very high on the stroke-ability scale! :)

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The USA is now a police state. There will be a massive protest in Washington, DC starting May 16, 2014.

We are past the point of no return and must move forward with an effort to save our nation, as there is no other choice. We are asking, pleading with you, and any others that have resources, national voices, email lists, blogs, FB, Twitter, to call for a non-violent American Spring May 16, 2014 in Washington D.C. We must appeal to ten million and more American patriots to come and stay in Washington, D.C. to stop the White House and Congress from total destruction of the United States. It’s now or never. God help us.

http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com/fo...

liberty (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

God help those who dedicate their lives to being beanie wearing E-cig
activists!

garfish (anonymous profile)
January 17, 2014 at 8:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well isn't that special...

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2014 at 9:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Now that Obamacare has passed all future health care costs on to someone else, why should anyone care about their own health compromises today?

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2014 at 9:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Will google glasses keep me from having to look at any more Pajama Boys and beanie-wearing E-ciggers?

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2014 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The 21st Century really isn't homey for you is it Foo?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I pity the fool stuck in the 20th Century!

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2014 at 1:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

21st Century is looking good at the Reagan Ranch Center. A new breed of young Americans who are fed up with Big Government is coming of age.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2014 at 9:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Reagan created big government!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2014 at 9:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

foofighter: "A new breed of young Americans who are fed up with Big Government is coming of age."

It's a Brave New World.

EatTheRich (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 7:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It is a changing world where the US can no longer count on global economic dominance to solve its decades of fiscal irresponsibility. It is yours to inherit. I hope you understand this and have a Plan B. Somehow I doubt it, just by your screen moniker. China has already eaten the US rich. I suggest you contact them for any left over scraps.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@foofighter: "Somehow I doubt it, just by your screen moniker. "

So you are as illiterate as you are irrational. At least, you're not inconsistent.

EatTheRich (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just by your screed moniker is equally illustrative, ETR. Bask in the attention, ETR. You are getting your very own 15 minutes. And please share with us what you plan for the second course.

The only thing left after you "eat the rich" is everyone now gets put on a starvation diet. Yum. Try and find another reason to get up in the morning, okay?

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Foo shouldn't you be out powdering your wig or beating serfs?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

and foo worships at the altar of free market fundamentalism! In effect, beating the serfs, yes.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Aspire to be more than a serf. Since slavery was abolished, the only chains one continues to feel are self-inflicted. Keep up the good work and you need not worry but only if you keep your reach within your grasp. You might not be able to make it in Santa Barbara. That is okay.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well stick around long enough and you might even agree with Foo.. to a point. Personally I wouldn't make "making it in SB' a goal, while very pond needs fish big and small who wants to limit themselves to one small region in which to be a success?
Of course that comes within all scope of dreams, and the entrepreneurs who've opened the boutiques and bars are certainly a sucees for simply having done it. Many people do nothing and end up the illustration of a stereotype.
The beauty of e-cigarettes, all the nicotine and none of the cancer. Too bad they make me sick but I encourage them as an alternate to smoke all the same. And for those contemplating the patch beware the 21mg, may give you ministrokes (sharp pains in head.)
OK break over, have a nice evening.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 6:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@foofighter: "Keep up the good work and you need not worry but only if you keep your reach within your grasp."

Arbeit macht frei.

EatTheRich (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If one only keeps their reach within their grasp, one never stretches themselves further. Challenges can be positive as well as negative.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 7:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Since "Binky" no longer blogs, I must take over her duties by informing EatTheRich that he/she has violated Godwin's Law.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 7:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@foofighter: "Somehow I doubt it, just by your screen moniker. " (To EatTheRich)

No no, EatTheRich likes rich, fatty foods. He/she likes fine dining. What's wrong with that?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fighting Foo, eating rich food, smoking E-cigarrettes, what' s a litte vice among enemies?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 8:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This thread has become rather decadent.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 19, 2014 at 8:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Arbeit macht kaka, & the term has become so universal I don't think your suggestion of invoking Godwin's Law is pertinent, Bill. Note only decadent, but positively rococo and fourth street! Anyway, 'the pellets of poison are flooding our waters". And I aspire to be more than a foo or a serf, though in truth most of us are already denatured digital serfs, who fell below the divide, the chasm, Juenger's Auf Marmorklippen.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 20, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I was at dinner the other night in a popular eatery and the clown at a table across the way from me kept creating a puff cloud with his e-cig that was nothing less than annoying, not only to me, but other patrons as well.
Here's the issue: You smokers have your right to screw up your health, BUT NOT MINE!
Yeah, your supposed "rights" are being taken from you because you can't "responsibly" smoke.
You littler the streets, parks and beaches with butts, you toxify the air and now w/ these e-cigs you still contaminate people to YOUR crap.
Tell you what, contain YOUR crap and your "rights" to pollute yourself WON'T be "taken" from you.
It is called responsibility or accountability or both, but whatever you want to call it, you don't exhibit those words in your behavior.
Best part of it is that you do this to look hip or cool or whatever your foremost priority is, which amounts to a constant worry about how other people perceive you.
Here's a hint as to what other people see: CARELESS, SELF-ABSORBED IDIOTS! Pretty hipster huh?

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's not smoke, it's steam you fool. There are no butts from e-cigs.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Its steam you idiot... CONTAMINATED WITH A PERSON'S SALIVA! Never said e-cigs leave butts YOU IDIOT! Next time READ CAREFULLY AND DO SOME STUDYING ON THE HAZARDS OF INHALED/EXHALED VAPORS!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 3:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The air we breathe is contaminated with saliva particles naturally, gross fun fact.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fact: Water vapor that has been inhaled through the esophagus, introduced to the bronchial pathways, processed by the lungs and exhaled carries MORE active contagions per droplet than the "air we breathe" which has had time to be sterilized by ultraviolet radiation and the protein shell on any potential viruses has been weakened, thus causing said viruses to lose their sustainability.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Interesting point. But doesn't the heat of the steam from the e-cig itself act as a sterilant?

Overall I think I'd rather deal with steamed saliva than bad breath.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 5:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

blahblah why not inform the owner of the restaurant and allow them to make the rules? Then if you don't like their rules then you don't have to eat there. Why do you need to spread your tyranny everywhere?

I'm curious how the cloud of steam was annoying to you. Do you complain every time somebody in your house takes a shower and gets the bathroom steamy? Or were you actually serious when you said that the steam would be contaminated with their saliva? Should we outlaw heavy breathing as well, because that would have the same effect?

Should you be able to drive a car that actually pollutes, or are you going to continue to complain about freaking water vapor? That's the problem with you pro-tyranny types, your lack of having any sense of relativity goes completely out the window when you think or talk and it makes people realize how difficult it is to actually reason with you.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 5:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's oils on the human hand, they can contain germs too. I'm all for sanitary but there becomes a point at which even Howard Hughes would shake his head in disbelief.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 5:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

blahblah won't be happy until we all have electronic meters implanted into our body to monitor all of our movements, individual CO2 output and calorie intake (in order to calculate any possible 'Calorie Penalties' under the new single payer HillaryCare). Non-compliance and any modifications made to the device will result in a gunshot to the head.

Testing, testing, it's for the children!!

http://www.theguardian.com/technology...

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ten I'll tell you what there Ken, YOU sit across the way from somebody blowing said vapor and YOU suck it in. As for me, I will do what I did at the eatery I was at to this person: I walked up to where they sat, made a 180 degree turn and proceeded to give them a personal blast of hydrogen sulfide/methane gas "vapor" of my own. A mere modification of Steve Martin's quote on smokers at a table: "Do you mind if I "vapor"? Not at all, do you kind if I fart?"
Loony, the ONLY monitor on a human body I'd ever love to see is the type that lets us know when a fool like you is going to post a picture of a dead girl killed by a hit and run driver in an effort to make the victim of the incident look like the villain. No, not going to let that one go.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 28, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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