Are e-cigarettes safe?
It’s estimated that 2.9 million UK adults are now using e-cigarettes (also sometimes known as vapes) either as an alternative to traditional cigarettes or to help them stop smoking entirely .
Some concerns have been raised about the harm that the nicotine and other chemicals contained in vapes could potentially cause – though Public Health England have confirmed they believe that e-cigarettes are around 95% safer than smoking.
But, health implications aside, e-cigarettes can pose other dangers: there have been a number of incidents involving faulty vape chargers, including numerous alarming reports of chargers that have exploding whilst in use, causing fires and even injury.
How to use your e-cigarette\vape device safely:
- Follow the provided instructions carefully and pay close attention to any warnings supplied with the product – battery capacities and charging voltages vary according to manufacturer so it’s important to check you are using the correct charger.
- Do not modify your e-cigarette\vape and use only approved replacement parts.
- Ensure that e-cigarette\vapes are not left charging for long periods of time.
- Never leave e-cigarettes\vapes plugged in overnight or while you are out of the house.
- Look out for the CE mark that indicates the manufacturers’ claim that the e-cigarette\vape complies with European Safety standards.
- Never keep loose e-cigarette\vape batteries in your pocket, particularly next to keys or coins - they are more likely to cause fire.
- Protect your e-cigarette\vape from extreme temperatures.
Watch our video featuring Clueless Colin to see what could happen if you buy a cheap and unbranded e-cigarette charger.
A few facts about e-cigarettes
- 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.
- 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). 
 Source: http://ash.org.uk/media-and-news/press-releases-media-and-news/large-national-survey-finds-2-9-million-people-now-vape-in-britain-for-the-first-time-over-half-no-longer-smoke/
 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