Whether you are for or against electronic cigarettes and vaping, you are most certainly familiar with the widely talked about exploding e cig batteries. From here in the UK to the United States and across the EU, there have been an increasing number of electronic cigarette explosions every year. What started as an extremely rare occurrence, has now morphed into a few hundred cases per year worldwide.
This isn’t exactly surprising given the massive rise of e cigs across the globe. What started out as an industry that was worth roughly $50 million USD per year is now expected to be valued at over $25 billion USD by 2020. With over 3 million people using e-cigs here in the UK, think about how many vapers there are worldwide. Simple law of averages tells you bad things are bound to happen. There are defective products everywhere. However, does it really come down to “defective” products? Is that what this is really all about?
E Cigs Are Safe
We have been stressing this issue for years now. If you purchase an electronic cigarette or vape kit from a reputable company, there is virtually nothing to worry about. Like laptops and other electronic devices, malfunctions can happen but they are essentially nonexistent, at least from a statistical standpoint. The same goes for electronic cigarettes.
Overall, e-cigs are completely safe. True, some are manufactured in China with little oversight but for the most part, e cigs imported into Western countries need to meet certain safety standards. So if that’s the case, you may be wondering why there are so many explosions.
Just Like Airplanes
Think about e-cig failures like airplane failures. They rarely occur. And when they do, it’s almost always due to human error. Just like there are various safety fallbacks that ensure the safety of an airplane in the case of a system malfunction, the same goes for e-cigs. Should one component become ‘corrupt,’ there are safety features in place to protect the user.
Unfortunately, most people continue to believe that e-cigs are extremely hazardous. A U.S. Senator recently called for an inquiry into exploding e-cigs, specifically to recall them. However, this line of thought could not be further from the truth. Most exploding electronic cigarettes are simply due to a case of human error and, more specifically, incorrect storage of the lithium ion batteries that come with the device.
Luckily for us, it seems the media is finally starting to pick up on the real issue here. From the BBC to the Mirror, all major media outlets are now reporting that it was due to improper battery storage.
Finally. Let’s hope this continues.