Mainstream media never fails to point the finger of blame at the e-liquid industry whenever there is the slightest threat of an e-liquid poisoning. In the media, e-liquid is portrayed as a highly toxic and dangerous chemical that has the potential to kill thousands of children, pets and users of the product. Is this really the case? Most people in the vaping community believe that the media is deceiving people in the United States and abroad with their exaggerated news that is worthy of being labelled as nothing more than anti-vaping propaganda. This leaves us wondering, how are the news reporters any different from the aggressive critics of e-liquids who keep bombarding people with deceptive information about the so called detrimental effects of vaping.
Instead of beating around the bush, let us address the real issue here. Should people be concerned about e-liquid poisoning? First of all, it is important to state that e-liquid poisoning is not a made up occurrence. It can actually take place in real life. In fact, a good number of people have actually been affected by e-cigarette exposure. It is important to draw the line between e-cigarette exposure and e-liquid poisoning. Any person who stands near you when you are vaping can be bothered by the clouds of vapour that are coming out of your mouth. Any person who touches your e-liquid bottles is at risk of compromising his or her health by misusing the product. However, just because someone has had exposure to e-liquids and e-cigarettes does not mean that they have been poisoned.
According to the UK NPIS report, out of the 204 complaints about e-liquid exposure, only 3 people had been victims of severe toxicity. This means that approximately 1.5% of callers have had a moderate or major health outcome. As far as exposure to e-cigarettes is concerned the most recent statistic tells us that there have been about 3,783 cases of e-cigarette exposure in the year 2014. 3,783 might sound like a really big number. However, when you compare this to other so called harmless products, you’ll be surprised to know that e-liquids are far safer than them and pose a much lower threat of poisoning.
This is one of the most popular pills in the entire world. It can be used to treat anything from a major headache to a mild fever. What is meant to relieve people from illness has turned out to be one of the main reasons why people require medical attention. In 2013/14 term, more than 6,105 toxic exposures to paracetamol were reported in the United Kingdom. Out of all those calls, 434 people had to be referred to a clinical toxicologist. That is roughly more than twice the number of total complaints about e-liquids. This clearly shows that e-liquids are no more dangerous than those pills you take to feel better during periods of illness.
The pen is something that you carry along with you at work or school. It is something that sits on your desk unnoticed. It is something that you use to craft beautiful pieces of writing, take notes or jot down your signature. They say that the pen is mightier than the sword. In this case, it certainly is mightier than the e-cigarette in terms of the amount of problems it causes in households around the world. Current statistics reveal that there have been 10,861 cases of ink exposure in the last year. What’s really concerning is that ink has the potential to cause death. This is exactly what happened in 2013, when ink poisoning claimed the life of a US citizen.
This is one of the most talked about comparisons when it comes to the threat of e-liquid poisoning. Bleach is an evidently poisonous chemical substance that can be found in nearly every household in the United States. In the year 2013, there were more than 47,000 calls about potential bleach poisonings. Terrifyingly, 3.3% of those calls resulted in a medical emergency with 2 confirmed cases of death. The number of calls is much higher than that for e-liquids. The proportion is also significantly greater (it is more than double, in fact). Instead of making a fuss about e-liquid poisoning, the media should perhaps focus a little more on the greater threat of bleach poisoning.
The number of exposure calls for alcohol containing mouthwash has been twice as high as the number of exposure calls for e-liquids. In addition to that, 3.7% of those calls resulted in serious outcomes for the people affected by mouthwash. This means that there were a total of 268 serious cases of poisoning. We are not saying that mouthwash is a bad thing. It is incredibly good for your dental hygiene. However, it would have been better if the media shed some spotlight on the ill effects of such a harmless everyday product instead of constantly letting the world know that e-liquids have the potential to poison people.