First of all, let me start by saying that putting anything into your body in an unnatural sense isn't recommended but things happen and we start sneaking those cancer sticks from our source of that time.
Little did we know that it would become a habit and not a good one either.
With every cigarette that is smoked we get a little more gunk in our LUNGS, we can BREATH a little LESS, we SMELL a little WORSE and you get one cigarette closer to possibly developing cancer. Nobody wants CANCER but they want to smoke cigarettes.
These are the health risks of smoking tobacco from the American Cancer Society.
Okay, so let's say you clicked on that link and read a good bit but then you decided to come back here and see if I get to the point.
We get the occasional customer that walks into our Fogwind locations and states that they heard vaping was more harmful than cigarettes. I think a part of it is chance to get some different info on the subject but it's also that initial push back on making the switch.
Change isn't that much fun and we understand that so we get the opportunity to inform them based on the negative articles they speak of.
One negative issue that is discussed is usually the DIACETYL scare tactic that was used against us back in 2015. It stemmed from a bunch of workers in a popcorn factory claiming they were poisoned. When this issue was brought up, many companies in the vaping industry decided to switch flavorings that contained absolutely no DIACETYL at all.
It was the right thing to do even though there has not been a single case of POPCORN LUNG related to vaping.
Here is an exert from a Matt Rowland article.
"Before vaping came along, most people had never heard of the disease called popcorn lung. Now, it’s a standard word in nearly everyone’s vocabulary. Funny how a pitiful piece of propaganda can find its way into the American Subculture of Vaping.
Once again, this story is based in a tweaked version of real-life events posted in an online publication. Back in the day when vaping was just becoming mainstream, a group of factory workers accused their employer of poisoning them with a chemical called diacetyl that was used in the plant. This chemical was once a common ingredient of many e-liquids at the time, and it is known to cause bronchiolitis obliterans, otherwise known as popcorn lung. But you have to ingest huge quantities of the stuff to get the disease." by Matt Rowland
Here is one from Jim McDonald
"Diacetyl is among the favorite topics for authors looking to scare away potential vapers. But the risks of vaping e-liquids that contain diacetyl are hard to pin down. We don’t know for sure that vaping diacetyl is dangerous at all — but it must be taken seriously because the results of breathing the chemical in powder form can be horrific.
There is a lot written on all of the potential dangers of vaping. But they remain largely theoretical. There just haven’t been any proven negative health outcomes from vaping — aside from minor irritation caused by dehydration or sensitivity to propylene glycol. Is diacetyl really something for vapers to worry about, or is it like ultrafine particles, a non-issue cranked up by Stanton Glantz to frighten the public?"
In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented eight cases of irreversible lung disease that occurred in workers at a Missouri popcorn factory during the previous decade. All eight workers had contracted a nightmarish condition known as Bronchiolitis obliterans, also referred to as obliterative bronchiolitis, or BO. It soon acquired another name: popcorn lung.
The workers had inhaled massive quantities of diacetyl that was applied to microwave popcorn. The chemical was used in powdered form to give the snack its trademark “movie theater popcorn” flavor. As the CDC discovered, inhaling diacetyl scars the smallest airways within the lungs (bronchioles) and reduce their capacity and efficiency. That’s the definition of BO. And there is no cure except a lung transplant.
After that initial episode, additional cases of BO were diagnosed at other factories, including some caused by other flavoring agents. Hundreds of lawsuits have since been filed by flavoring factory employees, and most have been settled. At least one consumer won a multi-million dollar suit claiming he had lung damage from making microwave popcorn in his home, although the science on that case is far from settled.
Extensive research following the Missouri incidents led to guidelines for workplace limitations for the chemical. Meanwhile, microwave popcorn manufacturers removed diacetyl from their flavoring compounds entirely. But the popcorn lung name stuck."
"Unfortunately, popcorn lung can’t be positively diagnosed without doing a surgical lung biopsy, and sometimes not even then. Reading the accounts of studies done at the flavoring factories where known cases have been isolated, it’s clear that there is a spectrum of lung damage probably caused by diacetyl and other flavoring chemicals. Not every affected employee had severe permanent lung obstruction.
And the symptoms of BO are easily confused with those of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a far more common condition. Many lifelong smokers have COPD, which is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis (most sufferers have both diseases). However, COPD develops slowly over years, while BO can develop rapidly, often within months after the chemical exposure that causes it.
The bottom line is that there has never been a diagnosed case of BO in a vaper. More importantly, there has never been a case in a smoker either. Why is that important? Because cigarettes contain diacetyl too, in much greater quantities than in vapor. In fact, cigarettes contain at least 100 times as much diacetyl as e-liquid.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible that vapers (or smokers) can’t get popcorn lung from inhaling diacetyl. But as far as we know now, it hasn’t happened. And that probably means it isn’t likely. But that doesn’t stop news outlets from jumping on the diacetyl vape issue. Popcorn lung remains one of the most popular anti-vaping media topics."
by Jim McDonald
So, after you have gotten a taste of what other's have said about DIACETYL who can be the judge. Headlines sell and anything scary is usually a headline.
Now let's talk about the scary little topic of E-Cigarette Explosions and why they use this against us as well.
We can say that we have seen a battery become unstable and vent through the casing. The reason we witnessed this was simple. IMPROPER battery safety is widespread and it's due to improper teaching and sometimes improper learning.
So many times we have seen customers come in with batteries that are just destroyed in terms of dents, pushed in positive pad and the wrapping has rips in it. This is just not good. We will give a free wrap to anyone that has this sort of damage. It's a morals thing.
Here is a good article by Daniel S.
You’re probably reading this article because you’re wondering if your e-cigarette, or vape Mod will explode. Maybe you read a story, (or several for that matter) about an e-cigarette that blew up in a guy’s face…or in his pants, or while he was charging it in his car. You’re also probably wondering what kind or brand of e-cig it was since it must have been one of those that came with a faulty battery.
Those sensational news stories, while morbidly graphic, rarely mention details about the e-cigarette that exploded. Ever wonder why not? Aside from the lesser fact that it doesn’t sell headlines, a story targeting a manufacturer can get messy, as it might not be the brand of the e-cigarette at fault, but the fact that lithium batteries (including those in your laptop, tablet or cell phone) can explode under rare and unusual conditions.
What Kind of E-Cigarette Batteries Can Explode?
There are two different types of battery technologies used in vapor products: lithium polymer and lithium-ion. Both are capable of thermal runaway – an uncontrolled thermal temperature that’s dangerous and can cause your e-cigarette to explode. There’s some debate about which is “safer”, but lithium polymer batteries are rarely used in e-cigarettes so when you hear those news stories about exploding e-cigarette batteries, what you are hearing about are lithium-ion batteries.
How Likely is it That My E-Cigarette Battery Will Explode?
The answer is “not at all likely”; however, buying low-quality vapor products or tinkering with batteries greatly increase the likelihood that your e-cigarette will blow up. If you are using a high-quality device responsibly and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it’s far less likely you’ll experience an exploding ecig or vape mod.
- Use the charger that came with you e-cig kit. It’s designed to deliver a certain level of electrical current. If the battery being charged is not capable of handling the level of current produced by the charger, you’ll get a greater risk of explosion. It is vitally important to charge the batteries using the correct equipment!
- Don’t carry your e-cig battery in your pocket alongside metal keys or other metal objects. In rare cases, movement causes friction which completes a circuit between the positive and negative ends resulting in a possible catastrophic failure or explosion.
- Never modify a battery or use damage batteries. Follow-up stories about exploding batteries revealed that the user modified the battery or used the incorrect charger.
- If your battery feels very hot, that’s not normal. Depending on your model, it could mean there’s a short circuit or a loose battery post. I would definitely contact your vape shop or on-line supplier and let them know what’s happening.
The US Fire Administration ultimately concluded:
“Considering the vast number of products in the field that use lithium-ion batteries, however, it is clear that the failure rates are low.”
Recent data (Nov. 9th, 2015) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 9 million adults vape regularly in the United States.
The chance of an e-cigarette exploding while you’re using it is roughly 0.0000001%.
Your chance of dying from a smoking related disease is 50%.
Still….Is Vaping Safe?
Safe compared to what? Crossing the road? Sunbathing? Public Health England (PHE) concluded that e-cigarettes were at least 95 percent and as much as 99 percent healthier than combustible cigarettes.
What we do know is that the best vaping products are heavily focused on safety as well as user satisfaction, especially now that public health agencies are issuing regulations."
Here is one from the Staff over at eCigONE
How Can You Avoid an E-Cigarette Explosion?
1. Follow battery charging guidelines and don’t charge unattended.
Although they might share the same form factor, all USB ports and devices aren’t necessarily equal. In fact, depending on the USB power delivery standard in use, the current delivered via USB can vary by several amps. Many modern mobile phones and tablets are designed to support “fast charging,” but e-cigarette batteries may not always be up to the task and could overheat if the charging current is too high. So, you should always use the charging accessories supplied with your e-cigarette. If you purchased your e-cigarette without a wall charger, ask the manufacturer for advice. Don’t use your tablet or mobile phone charger. In addition, know that any battery has a small risk of overheating while charging. It is always wise to be nearby while you charge any battery. Lastly, it may be wise to avoid charging an e-cigarette using a computer’s USB port.
2. Don’t carry spare batteries in your pocket. Transport loose batteries in storage cases. Discard batteries with visible damage.
Many of the “e-cigarette explosions” reported in the media actually have very little to do with e-cigarettes themselves. However, many mods use removable batteries and some people don’t truly understand the power of lithium ion batteries. If a metal object touches a battery’s positive and negative terminals, there will be a short and the battery will discharge. If you carry a spare battery with keys or loose change, you’ve got a potential recipe for disaster — particularly if the battery has a damaged wrapper, because the wrapper insulates the battery’s negative terminal.
3. Exercise caution when using mechanical mods, or don’t use mech mods at all.
Most mechanical mods offer little to no safety protection, and some e-cigarette explosions have resulted from their misuse. Your battery might have a short because of a damaged wrapper. Your rebuildable atomizer might have a short because one of the leads came loose. Your battery might be over-drained because you forgot to charge it. Your battery might be over-stressed because the atomizer resistance is too low and you didn’t check it with an ohm meter or because the seller exaggerated the battery’s capabilities. The list goes on and on — and any one of these scenarios could possibly lead to battery failure. Most mechanical mods protect you from none of them. Use mechanical mods only if you understand and know how to mitigate their risks.
4. If you own a hybrid mod, use it with attachments that have protruding center pins.
A hybrid mechanical mod has a hole in the top cap allowing the atomizer to directly touch the battery’s positive terminal. You should use a hybrid mod only with the included tank or atomizer. If you feel the need to experiment, make sure that your new attachment has a center pin that protrudes from the threading. If the center pin is even with the threading, it could cause a short as the pin and threading will touch the battery simultaneously.
Now that you have had a chance to read through this you can see that there is two sides to every story and that proper safety comes with the lifestyle. Proper safety also comes with driving too so...