Are you hooked on that morning Cup-of-Joe before heading off to work? Are you tired of waiting in line at Starbucks while some nitwit orders a “Grande, iced, decaf, vanilla latte with extra soy milk” or a “Venti iced skinny hazelnut macchiato with an extra shot of sugar-free syrup, light ice, and no whip cream?” Then try vaping your caffeine instead of drinking it.
(Courtesy of Time Magazine)
Thanks to the rapidly advancing world of vaping technology, we can now vape non-nicotine e-juices, alcoholic mixtures, marijuana-enhanced blends, and now our old stand-by…caffeinated beverages. New devices are appearing all over the web, largely geared at college students and working professionals who are always on the go. The active ingredients of the concoctions inside include ginseng, taurine, and guarana, a caffeine-rich plant from the Amazonian rain forests. The New York Times is calling this latest new fashion accessory, “Red Bull for the Lungs.”
Most of the caffeine vaping products currently offered on the market are of the disposable, e-cigarette type devices. They typically cost around $9 and last for about 500 drags while only supplying the user with approximately two milligrams of caffeine over the entire lifespan of the device. Compare this figure to the 150 milligrams of caffeine found in a 12-ounce cup of coffee, and we begin to see what all the fuss is about. We get less caffeine, nearly the same amount of buzz, and spend far less time and money in line at the local coffee shop. It’s a win-win-win, right?
Not so quick. As usual, this newly emerging caffeine vaping industry is under fire from the anti-vaping lobby. Time Magazine got a hold of The New York Times article and immediately offered its own theories on the subject.
“From a health perspective, caffeine is tricky business. Many experts are concerned about some caffeinated products—particularly energy drinks. One of the primary arguments is that unlike coffee or soda, many energy drinks (and the new caffeine inhalers) contain multiple stimulants aside from synthetic caffeine. “
Time Magazine also makes note that these new caffeine inhalers have not yet been approved for safety by the FDA. Here we go again! By all means! Let’s ask our friends at the FDA for permission to vape the very things that are already legally consumed in thousands of sports and energy drinks across the globe.
Time Magazine used to be at the forefront of invention, innovation, and good old American ingenuity. It was the first magazine to publish photos of American Astronaut Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, and the first major publication to feature and African-American on its cover. But all of a sudden, Time Magazine wants to put the kibosh on caffeinated vaporizers? What rubbish! And how cowardly!