How to Understand a Baffling New Technology


It's also available on Amazon in the UK and in Canada.

I should also point out (because I said I would) that if you click on the Amazon links above and buy anything, I will receive a small percentage, at no cost to you.

I'd also like to thank everyone who has used the affiliate links so far. It really does help.

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Reader Comments (38)

Cool. Any chance of getting affiliate links for other Amazon's? In particular, would be cool - we foreigners living in Japan do a lot of shopping there.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndoryu

That little narration snippet in panel four is a message that should be shoved down everyone's throat once a week every week starting at age 5.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

interestingly, I didn't hear it here first...

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

> appiliate links
what are those good for? appiliation? hair removal by specially trained simians?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

Smoking causes cancer. That might be a benefit to, I don't know... a collector, maybe.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

Cigs are to e-cigs as boomboxes are to walkmans. Their benefit is that you're being courteous to the people around you by keeping your toxic pollution to yourself. (there might also be health benefits - I wouldn't really know, as a non-smoker)

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

panel 3! and panel 4!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergarblebarble

Other "benefits" of smoking include lung cancer, stained teeth, and bad breath... oh, wait...

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlphaZombie

Patent your ideas, NOW. before i do.....

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Very funny as always Scott. Though I must ask, have you ever encountered an ecig smoker who was also a gearhead or techie? The electronic cig a friend of mine uses less resembles a real smoking device and more a bad science fiction prop full of glowing tubes and jury rigged connections. He did also have one that looked like a black pen, but I think it got cannibalized to make the current monstrosity he uses.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

One of those fake severed hands for nail-biters or zombie fans?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaveBro

Of course smoking has benefits -
you can slay a dragon with your breath;

at twenty-five you can have the sort of wrinkles that most of us have to live eighty years to get;

you can play a pantomime horse without a mask because your own teeth are yellow enough;

you can eat anything at all, because all food tastes the same (of nicotine) and therefore you'll never get the reputation of being a fussy eater;

you can maintain personal space boundaries on public transport because, actually, people would rather NOT get to close to your nicotine-y person

you are open to a range of cancers that most of us can only dream of (lung, oral, oesophageal) and much more likely to have heart and circulation problems, meaning that you really get your money's worth out of the health service/ your health insurance

Honestly - what's not to like?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

'Think bigger'. Hilarious!
Thank you, Scott.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

With a mullet like that, you can only push the cool so far and not have it tickle said mullet after circumnavigating the globe.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJub-Jub

As a user of e-cigs I can assure you the ones that actually look like cigarettes are absolute crap (which may actually help the argument you make in panel 4). The batteries are weak and the design isn't very good at producing vapor. A significant portion of people abandon them either falling off the wagon or moving into something with less of a tobacco product appearance but with more functionality. My current one looks a lot like you are sucking on the end of a "personal massager" but I'm satisfied with it's performance (double entendre unintentional). Given its appearance I still end up finding quiet out of the way corners to use it like I did when I was smoking, they just don't have to be outside. I consider it a dignity versus not wheezing while walking upstairs trade-off.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterantisocialbutterflie

As a lifelong non-smoker, all I have to say is VAPOR SHERLOCK PIPES! Want!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeelabrown

Never before have i wanted to smoke while swimming so badly. I think that has officially topped my dream of smoking while running a 5k

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Mason

Holy cr*p! Is the whole book in 3D or just the cover? That's awesomesauce! Why does the Amazon version look more 3D-y than the donteatanybugs version?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWebb

I'm totally going to go invent the Smorkle now.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich

Other benefits of smoking...

Exhaling smoke keeps bees out of your face.
Always have a handy supply of filters in case the air purifier in your biodome gets trashed.
Helps you quit the patch.
Makes an excellent infra-red laser detector, though your health bar will slowly degrade.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

Very funny BI, Scott. Enjoyed it- as always.

As for everyone talking shit about smokers... well, glass houses. And being a douche to me when I go out of my way to keep my habit from affecting anyone else lessens my resolve to be courteous about it. I'm happy y'all are such evolved, super healthy creatures though.

Good day to you, sirs.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSavageMonkeys

You need to put mulletboss in a 1987 camaro z28. Smoking one of those e cigs. It will make my year.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJake

Whoa! And a free round of huffy outrage for all the smokers who are keeping their habit off everyone else''s healthcare costs! Once the pipe and snorkel are patented, the team is starting work on the in or out of water deep-sea diving suit for total smoking privacy and immersion.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

Money making idea - themed affiliate links for each new comic -- for example if today there had been a "click here to order ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES from!" I would not have been able to resist!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne Dinner

You're really enjoying your little running copyright date gag, aren't you Scott?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpiffy

Excellent strip this week, panel 3 great!!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

Affiliate link for australia mayhaps? There's a book I want atm I'd be happy enough to get through it...

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAussiefan

People who smoke cost the healthcare system less than people who don't. We non-smokers tend to live longer and have more long term medical issues than smokers do. I plan to live forever and milk the system for as much "free" healthcare as possible.

Smokers tend to check out of hospitals much faster than I will if you know what I mean.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobster0

Holy crap! Somebody needs to make a nicotine free e-cigarette! I'd totally buy that, and I don't even smoke!

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYozul

I stopped reading after "you still have the stigma of smoking in public." I can smell it when I'm behind you on the freeway. I have to hold my breath to enter and exit many public buildings. Your pariah status is well-deserved.

Just kidding (about the stopped reading part.) The fourth panel's narration has words to live by. I just never would have thought of applying them to a nicotine delivery system.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

> Smoking causes cancer. That might be a benefit to, I don't know... a collector, maybe.

People say bad things about cancer, but it grows on you.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

I have modified my bookmark to include your tag (following the instructions on and using the tag from today's link), and I just bought something. Is there any way for either you or me to tell if it is working? Is that the right tag to use for a long term link?

Note from Scott: If you tell me what you bought, I'll watch for it. It should turn up in a day or two. Thanks for trying either way!"

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

I'm not sure I should say what I bought -- everyone else will go and buy it and we'll never know whether it is working! I know your readers :-)

Anyway, it was an CENSORED BY SCOTT FOR THE READERS" PROTECTION. Look out for it!

Note from Scott: It did show up in the report, so I think the link is fine. Thanks for going to the extra trouble!

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

"Holy crap! Somebody needs to make a nicotine free e-cigarette! I'd totally buy that, and I don't even smoke!"

They do have nicotine free e-cigs. I have been using an e-cig for a couple of years now, and I have weaned myself to no nicotine.

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

love it. Intelligent and amusing comments too. win-win-win.

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermandydog

I buy Kindle books on amazon usually at least once or twice a month. Does this mean if I bookmark this page and use the link at the top, you'll get something from it every time?

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

E-pipe. awesome. NO! Medical marouhana pipe for old dudes

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

if there was an e-pipe, i would start smoking just to after some time use the e-pipe to fight the addiction!

btw, if you are afraid of people asking for the pen, make it a red pen. problem solved!

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDarth GTB
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