All Smoke And Mirrors

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Saturday, Dec 31, 2005
One of the last great tobacco cultures in Western Europe was extinguished last week, when Spain enacted a ban on smoking in the workplace and other public areas, angering smokers' rights groups. But the creative minds at Barcelona's Stereonoise, a seven-person firm that invents products for other companies, have come up with a device that allows smokers to pursue their habit without bothering anyone else.

Invented by Stereonoise founder Pep Torres, the device consists of hermetically-sealed tubes — one to hold the cigarette and another to purify the expelled smoke — and...