Posted by Tatiana Rodriguez | Filed under E-Cigarette Safety
Safety first! I can remember my father saying that, my shop class teachers urging me to “be careful,” and every time I look up from my computer screen and people are suing each other, it just screams “be safe or be sorry.”
There are a number of reasons electronic cigarettes are “safer” than tobacco products. Some are quite obvious, others are less obvious. I think safety with e-cigarettes is something people are starting to really see as a secondary reason to start using them. Having younger siblings in my household growing up, I saw many reasons to keep any chance of setting things on a fire to a bare minimum. So, when you think of e-cigarette safety, the obvious stands out – there are no lighters necessary and there is no need to have fire of any sort involved in the smoking process. Think about how many times people set fires, and how many injuries occur and lives are affected by fires. It’s an incredible statistic that I felt compelled to look up. (This information was verified on July 12, 2012. Source: StatisticBrain)
The number of fires started by lighters and matches as a heat source: 9%
The number of fires by matches & lighters annually: 144,000
Number of people KILLED by matches, lighter fires: 321
Injured people in these same fires: 1,877
Total value of property loss (this one is huge): $470 MILLION. That’s an ANNUAL number.
Fires started out of this number between juveniles ages 10-17: 37%.
Wow. Those facts about fires started by matches & lighters are enough for me to never want to have any of them in my house! There are many more reasons to smoke electronic cigarettes, but if you have small children or share a household with someone who does, just think about those figures for a moment. They really are shocking and when you let them sink in, just think of the liability (there goes my legal brain again) obligations that surface. Yikes!
I’m not going to make health claims in regards to e-cigarettes being “safer” – although I have a strong feeling that they are safer, health claims have not been substantiated yet and e-cigarette brands shy away from saying that, so I will too. Today I just wanted to share those alarming stats with you about the aspect of fires caused by matches and lighters. When you smoke a cigarette, obviously you need to have some sort of fire starting those up, so a lighter or match is necessary.
Thanks for reading about e-cigarettes safety! Up next, some more e-cig brand reviews!
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