London, January 15 (ANI): Experts have warned parents of the dangers of a simple new device that is freely available online which heats alcohol and allows it to be inhaled, giving the user an instant but intense high.
Released in December, the 35-dollar Vaportini acts in a manner similar to a traditional vaporizer, heating and releasing intoxicating vapours which are breathed through a straw after being heated by a candle to 140 Fahrenheit.
Bypassing the digestive system, the Vaportini causes alcohol to be ingested directly to the bloodstream through the lungs, potentially causing dangerous levels of intoxication - especially if abused.
The Vaportini is available to buy all across the United States and is legal according to its creators, the Daily Mail reported.
Indicating that in research laboratory's rats have been known to be more perceptible to alcohol addiction through inhalation, Dr. Thomas Greenfield, Center Director at the National Alcohol Research Center in Emeryville, California warned of the dangers of this particular method of consumption.
The Vaportini was created by Julie Palmer back in 2009, but it went on sale on her website for 34.50 dollars each in December.
As with any excessive use of alcohol, Greenfield said that teens especially risked harming their own mental development with abuse.
The device which its creators say is legal, bares striking similarities to the notorious Alcohol without Liquid device (AWOL) which mechanically vaporizes alcohol shots over the course of 20 minutes and is banned in 22 states.
The Vaportini works differently to the more traditional consumption of alcohol and transfers alcohol directly from the lungs to the bloodstream - increasing the levels of intoxication.
Unlike the AWOL device which retails online in the U.S. for around 250 dollars, the Vaportini does not promise zero side effects and explicitly tells users that 'alcohol consumed through a Vaportini will be detected by a blood alcohol test.' (ANI)