Are e-cigarettes safe?
The number of people using electronic cigarettes has increased dramatically in recent years – but this rise in use has also seen a rise in safety concerns.
Worries about possible health implications aside, there have been a number of reported incidents involving e-cigarette chargers, including numerous alarming reports of chargers that have exploding whilst in use.
Want to avoid the dangers of e-cigarettes? Then just follow this simple advice:
- Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer carefully – battery capacities and charging voltages vary according to manufacturer so it’s important to check you are using the correct charger.
- Pay close attention to any warnings supplied with the product. Over-tightening of the screwed connection to the rechargeable battery, for example, can cause mechanical damage which can in turn create heat problems, product failure or even injury.
- Ensure that e-cigarettes are not left charging for long periods of time.
- Never leave e-cigarettes plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house.
- Look out for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards.
- Never keep loose e-cigarette batteries in your pocket, particularly next to keys or coins - they are more likely to cause fire
E-cigarettes: the facts
- E-cigarettes date back to at least 1963, when Herbert A. Gilbert patented a non-tobacco cigarette that heated a nicotine solution and produced steam – but he wasn’t able to interest any investors in the idea at the time. 
- E-cigarettes were first introduced to Europe in 2006.
- An estimated 2.1 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes.
- In a survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics, over half of e-cigarette users said their main reason for using them was to stop smoking, and around one in five said it was because they thought they were less harmful than cigarettes. 
- Most of those using e-cigarettes use a rechargeable product with either replaceable, pre-filled cartridges or a reservoir/tank.
- More current smokers use a rechargeable kit with replaceable cartridges than ex-smokers (49% compared to 42%).
- Ex-smokers favour a rechargeable product with a reservoir or tank (53% compared to only 35% of current smokers). 
Watch our video featuring Clueless Colin to see what could happen if you buy a cheap and unbranded e-cigarette charger!
 Sources: http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2013/10/interview-inventor-e-cigarette-herbert-a-gilbert.html and http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/21/boom-ecigarette-sales-divides-campaigners
 Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30192181
 Source: http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_891.pdf