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We usually stay pretty far away from smokeless cigarettes—the “chemical kazoo” aspect kills it for us—but the pushback against public smoking may finally have created a device so strange, we have no choice but to take notice. Here’s a summary: there’s tobacco, and there are drags, but there doesn’t seem to be any smoke.

The Ploom cooks pods of tobacco into a kind of nicotine vapor, allowing for an indoor cigarette break without anything more than a slight scent of CO2. If that sounds familiar to any of the heads out there, it’s because this is basically a vaporizer to-go, with pre-packaged tobacco pods eliminating just about all of the messiness. The only problem? Without a light or a recognizable object, you’re going to be explaining yourself an awful lot.

Maybe keep the patch ready, just in case.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom