The latest trend in North America? Caffeine inhalers that give you an energy rush

The phrase "wake up and smell the coffee" just got a whole lot more meaningful. The latest way to get your caffeine kick is to suck it up. 




Introducing the caffeine inhaler, an e-cigarette style device made with natural ingredients like guarana, taurine and ginseng.


"It’s for when you’re on the chairlift skiing, when you’re hiking, when you’re driving in the car," Elliot Mashford, the Canadian entrepreneur behind the Eagle Energy Vapor inhaler, told the New York Times.


Each vapouriser lasts for around 500 puffs and works by heating up to turn the active chemicals into a vapour.


"Let’s take everything great about an energy drink, remove the bad and use an innovative technology that delivers the caffeine faster and without any calories or sugar," declares the Eagle Energy Vapor website. Hmmm. 


Despite the lack of calories and sugar found in energy-boosting caffeine-based drinks – and there's no nicotine, either – there still may be a health risk involved.


Dr Donald Hensrud, an director of the Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program in Minnesota, US, told the New York Times that inhaling any substance "raised questions" because the stimulant would be absorbed into the bloodstream faster than if it were ingested.


Tempted to try it out? Well, a New York Times reporter has already done it for you and although they ended up with a buzz, they also ended up with a craving for a nice cup of coffee.


So far, these caffeine vapourisers are only available in the US and cost $8.99, or £5.80, each.


We'll stick to our espresso, thanks.

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