Vaping: E-cigarettes, E-cigars and E-pipes.


E-cigarette battery catches fire on Malindo Air Flight from Kota Kinabalu to KLIA2

AN E-CIGARETTE IS AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE. It is a battery-powered device that simulates smoking by heating and vaporising a liquid solution containing nicotine. Marketed as aids to quit smoking, e-cigarettes allow users to inhale a  nicotine-laced vapor. But experts say not enough is known about the effect of  chemicals involved, both on smokers or those around them.  The market is worth about US$6billion and growing.

29 April 2019

By Linda Carroll

Many teens who use e-cigarettes aren’t aware they are inhaling nicotine when they vape, even though they are often taking in high levels of the addictive substance, a new study suggests.

Researchers who collected both survey data and urine samples from more than 500 adolescents found that 40 percent of teens who thought they were using nicotine-free products had positive urine sample tests, according to the study published Monday in Pediatrics.

“This is one of the first studies showing the amount of nicotine kids are getting from e-cigarettes,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Rachel Boykan, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. “They’re getting a lot — as much or more than they would with traditional cigarettes.”

The analysis of urine samples showed that vapers are getting plenty of nicotine even when they think they weren’t getting any, Boykan said.

Boykan and her colleagues also found that vaping teens were often using their devices with cannabis.

Experts worry that use of e-cigarettes with nicotine will produce a generation of addicted young people who may stick with vaping, or later turn to more dangerous traditional cigarettes.

Between April 2017 and April 2018, the researchers asked 517 adolescents, aged 12 to 21, to complete a questionnaire on tobacco, e-cigarette and marijuana use. Of the volunteers, 284 were also asked to provide a urine sample. The surveys and samples were collected anonymously, with the researchers connecting the two types of data through numbers assigned to each of the volunteers, who received a $5 Starbucks coupon for participating.

Nicotine levels were measured indirectly through the amount of a metabolite called cotinine found in volunteers’ urine.

Among the 517 volunteers: 13.9 percent reported ever smoking cigarettes; 36 percent reported trying e-cigarettes; and 31.3 percent reported they had tried marijuana. Only 2.9 percent reported smoking in the previous week; 14.3 percent reported e-cigarette use during the past week; and 11.4 percent reported using marijuana in the past week.

For their analysis, the researchers used data from 265 of the volunteers who had both survey and urine sample data. Among those who said they thought they were using nicotine-free products, 40 percent had significant levels of cotinine in their urine.

Cotinine levels were highest among adolescents using a newer vaping technology: pod mods. A pod mod is an e-cigarette that uses a disposable pod, or cartridge. The levels of cotinine in pod users was nearly the level seen in tobacco smokers. People who vaped older versions of e-cigarettes had much lower levels of cotinine in their urine samples.

“Now we have this huge problem with lots of kids using these products with many not understanding what they are getting into,” said pediatrician Dr. Sharon Levy.

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and it’s being delivered at much higher concentrations than before,” Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, told NBC News. “So they’re getting a bigger buzz.”

Levy’s own son asked her if e-cigarettes contained “just juice flavoring” when he was in the eighth or ninth grade, she said.

Dr. Andrew Stokes, an assistant professor of global health at the Boston University School of Public Health, is alarmed by the new study.

Stokes conducted an e-cigarette study, published in February, that found an increased risk of teens who vape to eventually smoke traditional cigarettes.

In fact, vaping teens who didn’t see themselves as ever smoking at the beginning of the study were nearly nine times as likely as those who didn’t use e-cigarettes to later smoke traditional cigarettes.

“What is most alarming is the finding of significantly higher cotinine levels in those who used pod mods, a new class of cartridges on the market,” Stokes said. “And the finding that many of the kids were not aware the products contain nicotine is concerning. It suggests that this may be a pathway into nicotine addiction that the kids were not anticipating.”

20 November 2018

Excerpts from:

Yes. But that does not mean they are safe.

E-cigarettes contain far fewer dangerous chemicals than those released in burning tobacco. Tobacco cigarettes typically contain 7,000 chemicals, including nearly 70 known to be carcinogenic. E-cigarettes also don’t release tar, the tobacco residue that damages lungs but also contributes to the flavor of tobacco products. In the United States, cigarettes are associated with 480,000 deaths a year from coronary heart disease, stroke and numerous cancers, among other illnesses.

It’s unclear. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the marketing of e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. Observational studies of their effectiveness reveal mixed results. Some show that a majority of adult users are former smokers, suggesting the devices are useful in helping them quit. Others reveal that many e-cigarette users also smoke conventional cigarettes. Still others say that a large percentage of e-cigarette users, particularly teenagers, never smoked traditional cigarettes…

The human brain develops into the mid-20s. Researchers worry that adolescents who vape will be most affected by nicotine addiction, which they can develop with less exposure than adults require.

Though studies have not conclusively shown that e-cigarettes can be relied upon to help adult smokers quit, there is substantial evidence that teenagers who use them have a higher risk of smoking cigarettes.

30 January 2018

Jan 30

Vaping may raise cancer risk: study

WASHINGTON: Vaping may raise the risk of cancer because it leads to DNA damage, even though it contains fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke, a US study has found.

The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences did not compare the cancer-causing potential of traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes.

However, in studies on lab mice, those exposed to e-cigarette smoke “had higher levels of DNA damage in the heart, lungs, and bladder, compared with control mice exposed to filtered air,” it said.

Similar effects were seen when human lung and bladder cells were exposed to nicotine and nicotine-derived nitrosamine ketone (NNK), a carcinogenic nicotine derivative.

These exposed cells ere more likely to mutate and become cancerous than control cells.

“Thus, although e-cigarette smoke has fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke, E-cigarette smokers might have a higher risk than nonsmokers of developing lung and bladder cancers and heart diseases,” said the study, led by Moon-shong Tang of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at New York University.

According to outside experts, much more work is needed to uncover the true risk of vaping, which is widely seen as a safer alternative than traditional cigarettes.

Ed Stephens, senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, called the report a “valuable contribution” to the field of research.

“Unfortunately, no direct comparisons were made with tobacco smoke; instead the authors cite another study that found a key biomarker related to such genetic damage to be present in very much smaller quantities (97 percent less) in the urine of vapers compared with smokers,” he added.

“That study and this new research are both consistent with the widely-held view that vaping is not without risk of cancer and other diseases, but that risk is usually considerably lower than smoking.”

Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, said the study methods are of “unclear relevance for effects of vaping.”

“Human cells were submerged in nicotine and in off-the-shelf bought carcinogenic nitrosamines. It is not surprising of course that this damaged the cells, but this has no relationship to any effects of e-cigarettes on people who use them,” he said.

“No comparison with conventional cigarettes was made, but in the text of the article, the authors acknowledge the key bit of information that is of crucial relevance in this story: Vapers show a reduction in these chemicals of 97 percent compared to smokers. They should have added that his may well be the level that non-smokers obtain from their environment.”

Tobacco companies, including BAT, Philip Morris , Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco, are all jostling for position in the emerging vaping market, which could top US$7 billion (S$9.8 billion) in size this year.

27 Feb 2016

Crazy video shows e-cigarette exploding in man’s pocket

A man in Kentucky wound up in hospital with second-degree burns after his e-cigarette battery blew up in his pocket.

Josh Hamilton was waiting in line at a Shell gas station in Owensboro last weekend when the device combusted, according to WFIE.

The video shows him running out the door to try to take his pants off.

This isn’t the first instance of an e-cigarette battery catching fire.

A teen in Lethbridge ended up with severe burns on his face and broken teeth back in January after his e-cigarette exploded while he was using it, according to The Canadian Press.

“He wanted to die. That is how much pain he was in,” Ty Greer’s father Perry told the outlet.

A 23-year-old Utah man also recently ended up with second-degree burns after change in his pocket may have prompted his e-cig to ignite, according to Fox13. The burns covered Austin Mark’s right leg and hand.

But sellers of the popular devices told Seattle’s Kiro 7 News they think unregulated or cheap versions bought online are behind the explosions.

12 December 2015

Dutch ban vaping for under 18s, say more harmful than expected

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THE HAGUE (REUTERS) – Electronic cigarettes and water pipes will be banned in the Netherlands for children under 18 from next year, the government said, after finding that the devices were more damaging to health than expected.

E-cigarettes, which electrically vapourise a nicotine-infused solution, are defended by their proponents as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes, but the government said its studies showed they were still harmful.

“With this ban, I want to protect young people from the damage e-cigarettes cause,” said health state secretary Martin Van Rijn in a statement.

“I also want to avoid young people thinking that these e-cigarettes in hip colours are normal.”

The government said that studies carried out by the Dutch food safety and public health institutes had shown that e-cigarettes were “more harmful than expected” to users’ health.

A recent US study showed that teens and young adults who “vape” are more likely to graduate to smoking combustible cigarettes than those who do not.

31 October 2015

Florida, USA

E-cigarette blows up in his face

US man in critical condition in hospital. His sister said that when the cigarette exploded the mouthpiece went down his throat and possibly exploded again.

Man in coma after e​-cigarette blows up in his face

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She was lying in bed with her two-year-old child in their Florida home, when she heard a blast. Ms Ema Richardson also smelt smoke.

She left the room to find the source of the smoke, and was horrified by what she saw.

Her brother, Evan Spahlinger, was lying on the bedroom floor covered in soot, Mail Online reported.

The electronic cigarette he was smoking had blown up in his face.

The 21-year-old was taken to hospital and placed in a medically induced coma and is said to be in a critical condition.

Ms Richardson told local TV station Wink News: “I found my brother not breathing, with his whole face and neck burned. He was trying to throw up a little or maybe he was gasping for air.”

She believed that Mr Spahlinger suffered internal and external burns, as well as damage to his lungs from the explosion and possibly the e-cigarette’s mouthpiece.

– See more at:

Malaysia’s youngest (recorded) e-cigarette smoker?


Wednesday July 1, 2015 MYT 8:30:57 AM

Student caught with e-ciggie disguised as pen


A FORM Two student from Kuala Kangsar was caught with an e-cigarette which looked exactly like a pen, China Press reported.

School authorities discovered that the student had an e-cigarette on her when she showed it to her classmates in school recently.

She told the school authorities that she had bought the e-cigarette from a friend, who got his supply from an online store.

According to the daily, the e-cigarette looked like a pen so parents might not be aware that their children have e-cigarettes.

The school authorities have informed the parents of both students about the incident and disciplinary action will be taken against them.

28 June 2015

Vaping takes off as e-cigarette sales break through $6bn

E-cigarettes are soaring in popularity and have started to steal smoking quitters away from nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum

E-cigarette sales break through $6 billion

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7:00AM BST 23 Jun 2015

UK sales of nicotine replacements such as patches and gum fell for the first time in years as consumers turned to vaping devices to kick the habit.

In a sign that British consumers are increasingly using e-cigarettes as a crutch to quit smoking, domestic vaping sales increased by 75pc to £459m while spending on nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum fell by 3pc to £137m, its first decline since 2008, ending four years of annual growth of between 5pc and 6pc.

Globally, sales of vapour devices grew by 59pc to £3.9bn – breaking through $6bn for the first time – as business in its largest market, the US, more than doubled to £1.7bn, according to data from Euromonitor International.

The law bans the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to anyone under 21; it also bans their public possession and consumption until that age.

Out of control vaping makes Hawaii raise smoking age to 21

Becomes first state in US with smoking limit of 21

Hawaii is the first state in the US to raise its smoking age to 21, a measure that was signed into law on Friday and will become effective January 1st. The law bans the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to anyone under 21; it also bans their public possession and consumption until that age. Bumping the age to 21 is expected to have a big impact .The law was passed amid growing concerns about the prevalence of e-cigarettes, the use of which is on the rise among teens. In its legislation, Hawaii notes that a poll of six of its high schools found that 25 percent of 9th and 10th grade students had used an electronic smoking device at least once and 18 percent used one regularly. “Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our keiki will grow up to be tobacco-free,” Hawaii Governor David Ige says in a statement, using the Hawaiian word for children. June 2015

Vaping teens – Nation | The Star Online

Vaping craze a booming business in Malaysia

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by christina chin VAPING outlets are mushrooming faster than you can count. And, cash registers are ringing louder than ever with more and more local manufacturers exporting their vape merchandise to countries like Japan and Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is concerned about the growing trend among underage Malaysians. Malaysia’s half-a-billion ringgit vape industry is, after all, the second largest in the world after the United States, and the biggest in Asia, according to Ibrahim Mohamed, co-organiser of the recent Vaporizer Convention Kuala Lumpur 2015. His estimates are based on the demand for Malaysian-made vaping items. For more:

28 June 2015 Singapore

Banned but high demand fuels trade of e-cigarettes here because…

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A black market for contraband cigarettes exploded on the scene in 2006 due to the large ‘sin’ tax on cigarettes. The same thing has happened with electronic cigarettes since the Government banned them in 2010


The Government’s ban on electronic cigarettes has resulted in a thriving black market. Prices of e-cigarettes have nearly doubled, with a standard starter set costing $175 instead of $100 three years ago. And each time news of government enforcement activities goes out, illegal peddlers justify the price increases by stating the increased risk of smuggling these products from other countries. Demand for these alternative tobacco products has not abated, they claim.

– See more at:

While the study is too small to draw many conclusions about public perception of e-cigarettes, it highlights widespread confusion among consumers that has been observed in many countries, said Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a researcher at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens.

Consumers unclear about risks or benefits of e-cigarettes

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… 26 Jun 2015 23:40 (Reuters Health) – While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they fought hard to ditch, a small study suggests. Researchers in Scotland interviewed 64 smokers and found little consensus about the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarettes, which may reflect division in the medical community on the appropriateness of promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to the real thing, the authors note in the journal Tobacco Control. “Because e-cigarettes are relatively new products we are only beginning to learn about the health risks,” senior study author Amanda Amos, a researcher at the Center for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, said by email. … Amos and colleagues conducted 12 focus groups and 11 individual interviews with current smokers and people who had quit smoking within the past year. Most participants viewed smoking as a form of addiction and believed willpower played a strong role in quitting. Almost all of them had tried e-cigarettes at least once. They generally viewed e-cigarettes as distinct from other nicotine replacement products like patches or gum that are designed to help people quit. Because general practitioners give nicotine alternatives to smokers trying to quit, the study participants tended to think of these as medical products. With e-cigarettes, however, people were less clear about what their intended purpose or correct use might be, though they were seen as less directly tied to smoking cessation than patches or gum. Some people saw e-cigarettes as a more satisfying replacement to smoking, while others viewed them as less desirable or even as a threat to smoking cessation.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

E-cigarette vapour carcinogenic, study shows

Publication Date : 20-06-2015

Electronic cigarettes — use of which is spreading, particularly among youngsters — contain carcinogens, sometimes at higher levels than those found in conventional cigarettes, recent research shows, raising concerns about the effects of e-cigarettes on health.

In e-cigarettes, a fluid containing any of a variety of flavours or aromas is heated inside an aspirator, and the generated vapour is then inhaled. The Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law requires that products containing nicotine undergo clinical trials, with the result that domestic sales of e-cigarettes containing nicotine are effectively banned, but e-cigarettes without nicotine are freely sold. … Kunugita and his team analysed the vapours of nine different brands of e-cigarettes sold domestically. For each of the brands, they measured the composition of the vapour a total of 15 times and then took an average. …

In two brands, the average concentration of the carcinogen formaldehyde contained in 550 milliliters — the equivalent of 10 inhalations — surpassed the average concentration in conventional cigarettes, at 100 micrograms and 120 micrograms, respectively, compared to 76 micrograms for conventional cigarettes. … Also detected were glyoxal and acrolein, which are feared to inflame bronchial tubes and pulmonary alveoli, leading to a reduction in lung functioning. …

A research group at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology led by Masashi Gamo examined the health impact of e-cigarettes in light of experiments on animals and concluded that the concentrations of formaldehyde, glyoxal, and acrolein contained in e-cigarettes may pose a health hazard.

— Malay Mail Online From Chinese inventor’s nightmares came the e-cigarette revolution

Chinese inventor of the e-cigarette Hon Lik in central London, Britain June 9, 2015. — Reuters pic
LONDON, June 10 — Before Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette, a device now shaking up the Big Tobacco industry, he was a pharmacist in China struggling to quit a two-to-three pack a day smoking habit. Once in 2002, Hon forgot to remove a nicotine patch from his stomach before bed and had nightmares all night. He traced it to the continuous dose of nicotine and then realised it was precisely that steady release that made patches inadequate for him. Without the sharp nicotine highs he got from smoking, he found there was no relaxation or stress relief. Armed with a background in Oriental medicine, knowledge of mechanics and an interest in electronics, Hon set out to make something that would mimic smoking — without the deadly smoke. His drive was galvanised further when his father, also a smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly afterwards. He died in 2004. “I believed that if I could use vapour to simulate cigarette smoke, this could help me,” Hon told Reuters yesterday. – See more at:

Karen Hughes of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University and other authors of the study said the research suggested experimentation, rather than a desire to quit smoking, was the main driver of teen use. “There is an urgent need for controls on the promotion and sale of e-cigarettes to children,” they concluded.

One in five teens have tried e-cigarettes, a British study finds

A woman exhales vapour from an e-cigarette outside the offices of British e-cigarette manufacturer Totally Wicked in Blackburn, northern England March 19, 2015. Photo: Reuters
Published: 10:06 AM, March 31, 2015
LONDON — One in five teenagers have experimented with e-cigarettes, a large study of British school students showed today (March 31), fuelling debate about the widespread availability of the electronic devices. Many experts view the metal tubes that heat nicotine-laced liquid into an inhalable vapour as a lower-risk alternative to smoking. But questions remain about long-term safety and their use among impressionable adolescents.

In a survey of more than 16,000 people aged 14-17 years in northwest England in 2013, 19.2 per cent said they had tried or purchased e-cigarettes, according to a paper published in the journal BMC Public Health. E-cigarette use, or “vaping”, was highest among smokers, reaching 75.8 per cent in those with a habit of at least five a day, although 15.8 per cent of teenage vapers had never smoked conventional cigarettes.

experts fear e-cigarettes fuel teen addiction

Enthusiast Brandy Tseu using an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California in this March 4, 2014 file photo. E-cigarettes can be an effective tool for smokers aiming to kick their tobacco habit, but officials fear the devices are also creating nicotine addiction among adolescents. — PHOTO: REUTERS
SAN JOSÉ, United States (AFP) – E-cigarettes can be an effective tool for smokers aiming to kick their tobacco habit, but officials fear the devices are also creating nicotine addiction among adolescents. … “What concerns us is very recent data from the US showing surprising high rates of e-cigarette use by teenagers,” he said, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in California. A recent annual survey of more than 40,000 US high school students showed that in the last month, 8.7 percent of 14-year-olds had used the battery-operated devices that deliver vaporised nicotine into an aerosol inhaled by the user., an overheated e-cigarette sparked a fire in a piece of luggage at the Los Angeles International Airport. In September last year, a plane at the Logan Airport in Boston had to be evacuated after an e-cigarette in a passenger’s bag caught fire in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

MAS bans e-cigarettes from check-in luggage no-smoking in cabin rule stays

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) passengers will now have to hand-carry their electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and not put them in their check-in baggage, following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety alert. However, this ruling does not alter the longstanding no-smoking rule in the passenger cabin. The airline in a statement on Monday said that the new directive followed a safety alert by the FAA, recommending that airline operators ensure all passengers carry e-cigarettes exclusively in the aircraft’s cabin. “Following recent fire incidents involving e-cigarettes, the FAA issued a safety alert recommending all airline operators to ensure e-cigarettes (also called personal vaporisers or electronic nicotine delivery) be carried by passengers exclusively in the cabin of the aircraft and not in checked baggage. “Carriage of e-cigarettes in the passenger cabin addresses this safety risk by ensuring that if an incident does occur, it can be immediately identified and mitigated,” MAS said.

E-cigarettes have 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers

E-cigarettes found to contain up to 10 times the amount of carcinogens as regular tobacco

TOKYO – E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said Thursday, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking. A team of researchers commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry studied the vapour produced by e-cigarettes for signs of carcinogens, a media report said. The electronic devices – increasingly popular around the world, particularly among young people – function by heating flavoured liquid, which often contains nicotine, into a vapour that is inhaled, much like traditional cigarettes, but without the smoke. Researchers found carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in vapour produced by several types of e-cigarette liquid, TBS television reported. Formaldehyde – a substance found in building materials and embalming fluids – was present at levels 10 times those found in the smoke from regular cigarettes, TBS said.‘Vape’ is word of the year for Oxford Dictionaries

‘Vape’ – the act of smoking an e-cigarette – is word of the year for Oxford Dictionaries

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Oxford Dictionaries picked “vape” — the act of smoking an e-cigarette — as their new word of the year on Tuesday, with the affectionate “bae” and the more pragmatic and “contactless” as runners-up. “Vaping has gone mainstream,” with usage doubling in 2014 compared to 2013, editorial director Judy Pearsall said. “The language usage of the word vape and related terms in 2014 has shown a marked increase” due to celebrities “vaping” and “growing public debate on the public dangers and the need for regulation”, she said. The word, which was first used in the 1980s, can be employed as a verb to mean inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by electronic cigarettes but also as a noun to refer to the devices themselves. It was added on in August and is being considered for inclusion in the official reference Oxford English Dictionary. E-cigarettes only began to be produced around a decade ago but the first use of the word is believed to be a 1983 magazine article by Rob Stepney which imagined the use of inhalers instead of cigarettes. …

‘Vape’ has been chosen as Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year

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Guy who smoked E-cigarette on bus poses with gang sign on Police bike

Guy who smoked E-cigarette on bus is at it again — this time posing with gang sign on Police bike

The man who brazenly bragged about smoking an electronic cigarette on a public bus is now seen posing with a gang sign while sitting on a Police vehicle. … Said Stomper Joseph: “I came across the recent viral article regarding the ‘E-cigarette guy’ who smoked in the bus. I was browsing through his pictures and found these. “In the photos’ comments, people said that he was displaying a gang logo while sitting on a police motorcycle. “He’s too brazen!”

Man smokes e-cigarette on public bus, says S’poreans should be less ‘kiasu’ about such things

Stomper E alerted Stomp to a selfie taken by a man who was smoking an e-cigarette on a public bus recently. The man then posted the photo on his facebook account. In his post, he stated that he was only taking the bus to save on parking fees. He also said that Singaporeans should be less ‘kiasu’ as other commuters were staring at him for smoking on the bus.


UK: School forced to evacuate after e-cigarette explodes (wrong charger once again *sigh*)

An exploding e-cigarette set fire to a school caretaker’s office and damaged the building.
Firefighters were called to Wyvil Primary School in Lambeth, south London, at 9.45am after the small room was engulfed by flames. Investigators believe the device was being charged through a computer using the wrong type of adapter.

Having switched to e-cigarettes for health reasons, he has now reverted to regular tobacco, branding it ‘safer’. 

He claims the shop that sold him the e-cigarette blamed faulty batteries. 

Yet another reason to use the battery and charger supplied with your Vape device!

He claims that medics likened his injuries to bullet wounds – and says he is lucky to be alive.

Mr Aspinall, who may need three years of skin grafts to recover, told The Sun: ‘It glowed and burned in my hand. I dropped it and it exploded.

‘There was lots of blood, a huge hole in one leg and a gash in the other.’

‘It could have blown my head off,’ he added. ‘The surgeon said it was like someone had used a gun.

Son blows up family home after plugging e-cigarette into wrong charger

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— ‘The force of the blast had blown out all the bedroom windows and blown the door off the hinges.

This is the horrific state of a family home left gutted by flames after an e-cigarette exploded while it was charging, killing the neighbour’s cat. Victoria Newton, 34, and her three children are ‘lucky to be alive’ according to fire crews but have now been left homeless. It is the latest in a series of incidents across the country caused by the devices, sparking calls for tighter safety measures on the new trend. Ms Newton was at home with her four-year-old son Dylan and her two daughters Millie-Anne, nine, and Lauren, 13, when they heard a bang and the house in Leigh, Greater Manchester, became engulfed in flames. She said: ‘It was a nightmare. My daughter Lauren had some friends round and one of her mates had plugged in her e-cigarette and they’d gone out playing.

‘About 15 minutes later, I was doing housework and I heard this crackling noise coming from Lauren’s bedroom.

‘I didn’t know what it was and when I reached the landing I just remember this huge bang and I was thrown to the floor by the force of it. ‘It had been left on the floor and the explosion sent it flying across the room and it ended up under Lauren’s bed.

Pen gun a banned item |

KUALA LUMPUR: The ball pen gun, a device designed to look like a pen but fires deadly projectiles, is a banned item that can land those in possession of it in hot water. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday police and other enforcement agencies are aware of such concealed firearms such as the pen gun and it is illegal to own, import or sell it. “This pen was discovered here some 20 years ago and we have since kept a close watch on those who may attempt to bring it into the country through entry points. Those manning security at these points are aware of such pens and it would not get past security if anyone tries to bring it in. “Even if it was carried in one’s pocket, it would not get past the X-ray scanners. It is a banned item and anyone caught with it can be detained under the Firearms Act,” he said. … The police clarify: NOT an e-cigarette but a James-Bond styled miniature pistol called a “ballpen-gun” but they await a post-mortem for the final result.

‘Pellet rounds found on victim’s body’

BINTULU: THE more police look into the case of a man at first thought to have been killed by an exploding e-cigarette, the more it feels like they were in a spy movie. Police found the death of a 43-year-old van driver here on Sunday was due to a projectile-like weapon piercing his chest at close range. District police chief Superintendent Abdul Razak Mohammad said police found what appeared to be a ballpoint pen-like weapon on the victim’s body. He said the weapon looked like something out of a spy movie. “One thing for sure is that his death is not due to an exploding e-cigarette but a pen-like gun,” said Razak. Police found several pellet rounds on the victim’s body, believed to be the projectile for the weapon. “At this moment, we are not sure how the weapon works, or if it is propelled by gunpowder-like substance. All we gathered is that the victim’s body had a burn mark and a wound on the chest.” …

Van driver killed by ‘ballpen gun’ in Malaysia


Published: Monday October 6, 2014 MYT 3:08:00 PM Updated: Monday October 6, 2014 MYT 3:21:46 PM

Ballpen-gun, not e-cigarette, behind mysterious death in Bintulu market

BINTULU: Police in Bintulu, northern Sarawak, have uncovered the possible existence of a James-Bond styled miniature pistol called a “ballpen-gun” following the mysterious death of a middle- aged man who collapsed and died in the town centre. The police chanced upon the lead while investigating the death of the deceased who was a hired-van driver, said Bintulu Police Chief Supt Abdul Razak Mohamad on Monday. The death of the van driver occurred on Sunday morning, and police called in a pathologist from Kuala Lumpur as well as ballistic and chemistry experts to probe the case after finding that it could be a case involving firearms. … “At the time before he collapsed, the witnesses heard a small exploding sound, like a firecracker going off. “A friend of the driver rushed to his aid and found him struggling to breath. Shortly after he died. “The van driver was holding in one of his hands a small slim item. Initial reports stated that the weapon looked like an electronic cigarette and the false story spread that he was smoking an electronic cigarette which exploded and killed him. “When police were called to the scene, we found that the item was not an electronic cigarette but a miniature firearm in the shape of a ball-pen or a “ballpen-gun,” said Supt Razak. “We also found in his pocket a small plastic box that contained tiny bullets. The van driver sustained burnt-wounds on his chest that may have resulted from the accidental triggering of the ballpen-gun. “He could have been holding the device and accidentally pressed the trigger. We are not sure yet and we are investigating this case thoroughly.

A normal cigarette never explodes! It kills you over time… Borneo Post Online

E-cigarette explodes, killing smoker

by Abang Ismail. Posted on October 6, 2014, Monday

BINTULU: Smoking definitely kills, as a 53-year-old van driver died from an explosion after his electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) device suddenly blew up at Bintulu Tamu (Market) yesterday. The victim, who was only identified only as ‘Lau’ (at press-time), was walking with a friend to a coffee shop when the freak incident happened. They were heading for a coffee break as Lau was waiting for customers for his chartered van. It is believed that the battery of the e-cigarette exploded, taking into account that it popped out from the device during the explosion. The force of the explosion struck Lau in the chest, causing him to collapse. The friend, who was shocked, said he tried to help Lau and discovered a hole with burnt marks on Lau’s chest. He said Lau did not die instantly as his eyes were wide open when his name was called out. … However the root cause of Lau’s death was still being investigated, pending a post-mortem. TO BE TAKEN WITH YOUR E-CIGARETTE! Charlie Pugsley, from the London Fire Brigade fire investigation team, said: “People assume e-cigarettes are much safer than ordinary cigarettes, and in most cases they are. “The danger is that people sometimes use incorrect chargers, which runs the risk of over-charging, which can potentially have explosive results. We are calling on e-cig retailers to ensure they are selling the correct chargers for the cigarettes. “As with all rechargeable electrical equipment, it’s vitally important that people use the correct type of charger for their e-cigs to prevent fires, which can be serious and could even result in death.” The brigade said people should never leave items such as e-cigarettes on charge overnight or when they are sleeping. They also highlighted safety concerns over people lighting cigarettes when using oxygen cylinders for lung conditions. Users should also avoid smoking or using naked flames near oxygen equipment as cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

An incompatible charger was the alleged cause of an ecigarrette exploding:

Smoker hurt after e-cig explodes

A woman was taken to hospital suffering shock and smoke inhalation after an e-cigarette exploded.

Firefighters have warned of the dangers of e-cigarettes
A woman was taken to hospital suffering shock and smoke inhalation after an e-cigarette exploded.The explosion is thought to have occurred after an incompatible charger was used, causing the device to ignite.Four fire engines and more than 20 firefighters rescued the woman from the ground-floor flat in Barking, east London, on Saturday afternoon. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and shock and was taken to hospital by ambulance.The London Fire Brigade has warned about the safety of the devices and is asking users to ensure the correct charger is attached.The blaze follows reports of an incident in Manchester where a 64-year-old woman sustained burns after apparently lighting an e-cigarette in a hospital.Following an initial investigation, it is thought it was due to a naked flame from a cigarette lighter while using oxygen, according to Greater Manchester Police.

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New York City imposes strict e-cigarette ban

 NEW YORK: A ban on electronic cigarettes went into effect Tuesday in New York restaurants, bars, parks, beaches and other public places.


A law was passed by the city council on December 19 and signed by former  mayor Michael Bloomberg. ..
It extends an already strict ban on tobacco smoking in public places in the metropolis, where even some residential buildings don’t allow tenants to light  up. ..
In a further unprecedented move for a major US city, retailers as of May 18  will no longer be allowed to sell tobacco products or e-cigarettes to anyone  under 21. ..
Restrictions on the use of the battery powered devices in most indoor public places in Chicago also went into force Tuesday. ..
In Los Angeles, meanwhile, lawmakers voted in March to ban e-cigarette use  in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited. ..

— asiaone news

Singaporeans defy ban on e-cigarettes

SINGAPORE – Singaporeans are defying a ban on electronic cigarettes despite stiff fines for distributors and smugglers, health authorities said Friday. The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said it confiscated 5,356 of the devices, known as e-cigarettes or “vapers”, last year, almost three times the seizures in 2012. This compared with only 10 such seizures in 2009. The battery-powered devices deliver a puff of nicotine vapour in a variety of possible flavours, minus many of the toxic chemicals present in a cigarette. HSA said there was no conclusive scientific evidence to show that e-cigarettes help smokers quit tobacco use. It added that health authorities are “concerned that e-cigarettes could potentially be a gateway to developing a smoking habit”. The agency says it watches websites and forums to monitor the illegal trade of e-cigarettes inside Singapore. — Borneo Post online

E-cigarettes not banned but liquid used listed as poison

Posted on February 20, 2013, Wednesday

SMOKING POSER : A man showing off the e-cigarrete.

KUCHING: Electronic-Cigarette (or e-cigarette) is not banned in the nation although the vapour solution containing stimulant nicotine used in the cigarettes falls under the group of products listed in the Poisons Act 1952. Therefore, vendors of e-cigarettes must register with the Ministry of Health under the act, said State Assistant Health Minister Dr Jerip Susil when clarifying public queries if the e-cigarette was banned. “The electronic gadget including the batteries is not banned but sellers must register the solutions containing nicotine with the Ministry of Health under the Poisons Act,” said Dr Jerip when met at his office in Bangunan Masja in Petra Jaya here yesterday. He said their officers had been on the ground to enforce the law to check on vendors of e-cigarettes and collecting suspected samples. Dr Jerip said the nicotine in the solutions was probably to help smokers reduce the withdrawal effect.

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A delegate uses an e-cigar during 'The E-Cigarette Summit' at the Royal Academy in central London on November 12, 2013. AFP
A delegate uses an e-cigar during ‘The E-Cigarette Summit’ at the Royal Academy in central London on November 12, 2013. AFP

— The Sun daily

E-cigarettes could save millions of lives, conference told

A selection of 'Nicotine Containing Products', or 'NCP's are displayed during 'The E-Cigarette Summit' at the Royal Academy in central London on November 12, 2013. AFP
A selection of ‘Nicotine Containing Products’, or ‘NCP’s are displayed during ‘The E-Cigarette Summit’ at the Royal Academy in central London on November 12, 2013. AFP
A delegate uses an e-pipe during 'The E-Cigarette Summit' at the Royal Academy in central London on November 12, 2013. AFP
A delegate uses an e-pipe during ‘The E-Cigarette Summit’ at the Royal Academy in central London on November 12, 2013. AFP
“Cigarettes are killing 5.4 million people per year in the world,” said Robert West, a health psychology professor and the director of tobacco studies at Cancer Research UK. He told delegates switching to e-cigarettes could save millions of lives, but the debate was about “whether that goal can be realised and how best to do it”. The professor said almost a third of attempts to quit smoking involved e-cigarettes.


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