New device is like a vape, but it’s marketed as a diet “aid”

Are you ready to embrace the new Slissier you?

Photo: Slissie ©

I admit I need to lose some weight. But I’ve failed repeatedly with all the popular fad diets. Keto doesn’t work unless you can afford a lot of meat and butter. I burned myself with flaming cheese on the Mediterranean diet plan.

And this new beer and pasta diet seems like it might be some kind of scam. I’ve gained 25 pounds in a week, and I’m drunk all the time.

That’s where Slissie comes in! Slissie isn’t a vape. Oh no, it’s a revolutionary lithium ion-powered tube-shaped device that atomizes a mixture of PG and food flavorings that you suck into your mouth.

Wow — sucking on air never felt so real!

I’ve been checking out the company’s YouTube videos to see if the definitely-not-a-vape diet aid might be right for me. The cheapest version is about £20 from the website, so before I kick in for the extra shipping from across the pond, I want to be pretty sure.

“Welcome to a Slissier you,” says their instructional video, before showing the procedures to get Slissie up and running. It looks pretty easy — and hey, who wouldn’t enjoy some flavored air instead of eating actual food?

The five presses of the button to turn Slissie on seem familiar, but I was distracted by the lack of attention the video has gotten. One thumbs-up and two down in nine months…hmm. And the only viewer comment isn’t encouraging:

“I think it’s disgusting the taste is strong and leaves a weird taste in your mouth,” says Amy, who has probably since moved on to PMI’s somewhat stronger — but visually similar — diet aid IQOS.

The company website doesn’t offer much hope either. One user review sits at the bottom of the page, along with another (suspiciously positive) comment above it. On another page are several testimonials, that apparently didn’t count as user reviews.

“We want you to fit back in your skinny jeans, look great, feel great, and be Slissier,” says the company spokesperson in yet another YouTube video. She’s either named Slim Lizzie, or the computer-voiced cartoon character that follows her in the vid is. I’m not sure, and I don’t want to watch it again because I’m suddenly a little afraid.

There’s a lot of cultiness in the Slissie promotional material, but it also looks like a really unpopular cult. And the Amelia Earhart quote on Twitter was the end for me. I mean, Amelia’s plane disappeared in the Pacific Ocean, and she was never found.

I hope Amelia had a box full of Slissies on board — and a stash of inspirational quotes better than, “Slissie helps you do good things more often and bad things less often.” As for me, it’s back to the beer and pasta. Burp.

Jim McDonald

I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.

  • Jan Kamír

    This will definitely break even more vaping’s reputation as tool promoting anorexia. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore

    • Jim McDonald

      I don’t think anyone is connecting Slissie to vaping. In fact, I don’t think anyone has ever heard of Slissie, or ever will.

      • Jan Kamír

        Fair point. But I just don’t like this.I understand why someone would vape for flavour but if this ad will get widespread and people will realize that it is in fact a vape, this could have bad influence on the vape community.

        • Jim McDonald

          Well, it’s been around for a couple years and hasn’t gotten much attention. But how do you think it would have a bad influence? We have lots of people who just vape for flavor already.

          • Jan Kamír

            Maybe my point of view is biased because I live in the “psychiatrist patient” community and anything that allows anorectic people help with their “goal” just makes me think “If it will receive attention it will hurt the industry it is in”

  • Jaiden Skelton

    While I understand the /principle/ of vaping to replace eating (in the case of obesity or over-eating for example), this really signals some alarms. Slissie seems like a highly commercial approach, kinda like those infomercials on television.

    • Jim McDonald

      Well, yeah, except it’s been out a couple years and isn’t doing all that well, by all signs.

  • Evan Butt

    Lol. I I did some quick research on their website lol. Funny, they continuously advertise it as a device that does not vaporize … however obviously we know it is.the device emits mist not vapours… :0 lol In the FAQ part of the website. It asks,,, vapour is coming from my mouth is this normal… the answer was ,,while it is not intended to cause vapour , it however can…. and that is because it is a vape lol. The temp is just so low that large vapours are usually not visible. It also has pg ,, I wonder why that is lol. Anyways I have no problem with this device, except that they don’t want to be called vapers but in all actuality they are us. Some guy in Canada.

    • Jim McDonald

      Yeah, the FAQ is hilarious. They say about three times that it only emits vapor if you don’t follow directions. It’s designed to be a *defective* vape!

      I debated whether to explain the details and quote the FAQ, but decided to just make fun of it as much as possible instead.

  • Roger Federer

    You’ve got to admire the sheer inventiveness of this crazy product. Their FAQ is a laugh a minute, but it’s depressing to think that people are being duped by this glorified lo-tech vapouriser.