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E-Cigs Aren’t Dangerous (But Their Users Might Be)

When you Google “e-cigarettes,” you’re likely to see three types of search results:

Buy ___________ brand e-cigs, the only award-winning, tobacco-killing, marriage-saving electronic cigarette available! E-cigarettes are now banned for no apparent reason, in major cities, minor cities, insignificant villages and Neptune. E-cigarettes are dangerous and WILL explode, no matter what.

Let’s address that third one, shall we?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of stories about people who fell victim to fires and explosions related to the overheating of e-cigarette batteries. Luckily, the majority of these cases resulted in minor property damage, and nothing more. And, in the few cases in which people did get hurt, the damage was caused by user mistakes – not the product itself.

So, is it fair to blame e-cigarettes, or is user negligence the real problem?

In one recent incident, a woman was charging a “big battery” e-cig (more commonly known as an eGo device) in her living room. This battery came with a charger from the manufacturer – a proprietary charger, I might add – but the owner instead used a third-party “rapid charger” to shave a few precious minutes off the process.

The cost of her hastiness? Four-foot flames, burnt carpet, and the possibility of much worse harm had she been sleeping, or away from the house.

To boot, the battery normally utilized an indicator light to let users know when charging was complete. However, the battery didn’t recognize this third-party device, so the light didn’t activate, leaving no way to determine how long it had been done cycling. Had she just used the charger provided with her e-cig, chances are we’re not having this discussion.

While we’re thankful no one was hurt, the reaction to this incident was mind-boggling. Instead of highlighting the importance of safety and proper use of electronics, the media response did nothing more than vilify e-cigarettes, labeling them as unregulated and unsafe.

Let’s get real. Any electronic items – from e-cig batteries to EZ-Bake Ovens – pose a threat of fire and explosion if used improperly. While there are obviously variances in risk, all battery- or electric-powered items come with instruction manuals for a reason. And, if the user ignores these instructions, in a “best case” scenario, the product simply won’t work.

Worst case? Well, it can get pretty messy.

Need proof? A few years ago, an e-cig user in Florida had a vaping device explode in his face. It was a very unfortunate incident that led to severe harm to his mouth and parts of his cheek. The media immediately jumped on the e-cig connection, and posted reports of this story using stock images of standard-sized e-cig batteries.

What the stories failed to mention – mostly because of ignorance to the industry – is that the gentleman was using a giant, heavily modified device, with two batteries stacked to increase power output, which has been long considered a “no-no” in vaping circles. The device in question was NOT designed to handle such voltage, not to mention the stress of heavy use. Yet, the man continued to push his device past its threshold (and well beyond its recommended power level), leading to a near-tragedy.

But, according to the media, it was the e-cig companies that shouldered to blame.

It’s not like these dangerous incidents are limited to “extreme” misuse, either. Just ask the guy who wakes up groggy and tries to microwave a baked potato still wrapped in foil. Chances are, he won’t be able to cover that flavor with extra sour cream, much less the toxic smell infused into his kitchen walls.

These incidents happen every day.  But, you don’t see people blaming Sears-Kenmore because they didn’t follow directions for reheating leftovers, do you? Then why do people want to shut down e-cigarette companies due to the misuse of owners?

Now, while we can’t say that things never go wrong with e-cigarettes, we can assure you that White Cloud products are vetted thoroughly from the most reputable manufacturers in China. Our batteries are fully regulated, meaning the voltage doesn’t spike. Our cartridges and atomizers are tested to ensure they activate evenly and safely every time you inhale.

But that doesn’t mean you can use them improperly. If you follow directions and use the chargers and cartridges designed for your e-cig, you can expect a safe, satisfying vape. We’ve designed our products to work perfectly together, so there’s no need to waste money on rapid chargers, high-yield cartridges, or any other product that modifies the White Cloud experience.

If you choose to ignore the instructions, at best, you’ll have a less-than-satisfying vape. At worst, you’ll damage your products, if not more.

Here are some tips on proper e-cig care and safety:

Never leave a battery charging unattended. Only use compatible, appropriate chargers and cartridges with your batteries. If a battery is hot to the touch, stop vaping it immediately! Return it to the manufacturer, or recycle it. Clean your batteries and chargers often, to ensure the battery and charger make a solid connection. To avoid shorting out your battery or charger, wipe the threads of the battery to avoid any juice making contact with the charger.

Follow these guidelines, and you’ll enjoy your White Cloud products for years to come. However, if you’re the kind of person who sees no harm in microwaving foil, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Super User (website) on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:18

That is the users fault, not the E-cig or Vapor companies. I agree that the alert should be on the USER not the E-Cig or Vapor Companies. Also FDA has an ingredient in our Inhalers we have to purchase only thru a docotor, the same ingredient is used in our Vapor-E-Cigs. no difference since inhalers are FDA approved. The other real cigerattes were taking my life, when a doctor looks at you and says..your going to die if you don't stop smoking ______ cigarettes ( I was on ultra light also but they are taking lives which I am 100% proof I'd been dead if I had not switched to E-cig/Vapor Cigs!!!) So I've Done BETTER & had Lung X-Rays April 10, 2014 that verifies this fact. I Only go to Mountain Vapor & I could barely walk in the first time I went August 2013, they will tell you I was that bad, now I can walk, drive, and breathe alot better..Thank You Mountain Vapor for your support, kindness & understandind..My Lung Test came back Great!!!
Sincerely,
Anita Jackson

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That is the users fault, not the E-cig or Vapor companies. I agree that the alert should be on the USER not the E-Cig or Vapor Companies. Also FDA has an ingredient in our Inhalers we have to purchase only thru a docotor, the same ingredient is used in our Vapor-E-Cigs. no difference since inhalers are FDA approved. The other real cigerattes were taking my life, when a doctor looks at you and says..your going to die if you don't stop smoking ______ cigarettes ( I was on ultra light also but they are taking lives which I am 100% proof I'd been dead if I had not switched to E-cig/Vapor Cigs!!!) So I've Done BETTER & had Lung X-Rays April 10, 2014 that verifies this fact. I Only go to Mountain Vapor & I could barely walk in the first time I went August 2013, they will tell you I was that bad, now I can walk, drive, and breathe alot better..Thank You Mountain Vapor for your support, kindness & understandind..My Lung Test came back Great!!! Sincerely, Anita Jackson