There have been many new reports of electronic cigarettes harming people in the last few months. Many of these stories are sensational in nature and seem to be directing smokers back to smoking by highlighting injuries cause by electronic cigarettes.
The nature of e-cigs is that they are electronic and have a battery to power the atomizer that heats the liquid nicotine, also know as e-liquid.
Batteries in almost every portable electronic device can pose a problem and be dangerous if handled or used incorrectly. There are cases of exploding batteries in any device that uses lithium ion batteries. Just like the gas in a car, there is danger in stored energy.
Electronic cigarettes are not 100% safe. They are, however, a safer option than tobacco cigarettes when it comes to catching the house on fire. There are cases almost everyday where people start their house on fire with a lit cigarette, but only a few stories of exploding e-cigarettes.
The fact is, no matter what you do in life, there are dangers all around us and anything can be misused, mishandled, abused, neglected, and disrespected enough that someone can get hurt or even killed.
Poison control has logged hundreds of cases of accidental ingestion of liquid nicotine used in electronic cigs. Many of these cases involve small children that drank their parent’s bottle of e-liquid. Again, this can be prevented if the e-liquid bottles had child-proof caps and parental responsibility.
If we are to talk about the risks of e-cigarettes, we should also talk about the benefits of them as well. The fact that they have thousands less chemicals, little to no smell, and cost less, are the main features that consumers are interested in. There is the huge benefit that the readers of most newspapers are unaware of, the fact that electronic cigarettes have the potential to save millions of lives. Through harm-reduction, e-cigs have the power to convert nicotine addicts from smoker, to vaper.
Because e-cigs do not emit smoke, there are no carcinogens. Basic understanding of science will tell you that reducing carcinogens reduces cancer. If smokers got their nicotine from a vapor mist instead of from smoke, the number of cancer patients dying from smoking would be reduced.
So why would the news focus on the dangers of electronic cigarettes instead of the positives like that they can save millions of lives? Simple, to sell stories and make headlines. Everyone is scared and they crave more horror stories to justify their fear. The press feeds this and focuses on the negatives, instead of the positives.