Vaping - the practice of 'electronic smoking' - is shortly to be a 'thing of the past', according to researchers at a company in Dublin.
Electronic vapers are viewed by many people as disgusting devices through which 'flavored vapor' is sucked into the mouth, and then lungs, before being exhaled into the environment, where it can't possibly be doing anybody any good at all.
But developers at the Irish company have come up with an alternative to the socially-unacceptable 'vaping sticks'.
The new devices are made with authentic tobacco leaves, and wrapped in 100% biodegradable paper. The product is inserted between the lips, and then ignited using either a match, or a 'lighter', another device designed expressly for the purpose. The bi-product drifts harmlessly into the air, then the atmosphere, and disappears without trace.
The exciting new products, currently without a name, are already at the late-developmental stage, and may be in shops as early as next year.