Marijuana

Smoking-Substitute Vaporizer Gets Thumbs-Up

Review calls the pocket device for consuming the plant matter of your choice "the iPod of vaporizers"

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I've been in the process of quitting smoking for nearly two years. It's been an uphill battle of false starts, nicotine withdrawals, elephantine levels of caffeine and an angry spouse.

I want to quit. Desperately. It's just too damn bad I love tobacco and its wonderfully stimulating effects. So since I gave up the cigarette habit, I've been keeping a close eye on the world of vaporizers. …

Then there's the Pax, a pocket-sized, rechargeable vaporizer that costs $250. It's designed in San Francisco by Ploom and manufactured in China. It's more attractive and more user-friendly than any other vaporizer I've seen. After a few weeks of using it, I believe it could do for alternative smoking methods what the iPod did for MP3s — take an existing, but nascent, technology and propel it into the mainstream.