Jacques Luc Barbier-Valbonne (1796) by Jean-Baptiste Isabey from The Cleveland Museum of Art

It’s hard to get away from these days. What was once an alternative to smoking and an edgy fad has become a mainstream activity for many who are privy to the exhilarating effects of nicotine. The scourge of poisonous cigarettes seems finally to have a safer and cheaper alternative in the form of sleek little electronic devices. However, like all beneficial shifts in societal norms, this has been meet with disproportionate and undue hysteria.