• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Exploding E-Cigarettes: Rare but Dangerous

  1. I’ll bet you anything that the claims about “faulty batteries” actually fall under improper regulation of electrical current through a mod. After the law was passed regarding third party interference with products (i.e. shop employees being unable to assist customers with wire builds, etc), most of these accidents were a direct result of people having no idea how to properly build and maintain their vapes. If you don’t know that your build should have a 1 ohm resistance instead of 6, you’re gonna have a bad time.

  2. Every battery explosion I’ve read that detailed the combination of battery and resistance of coil can be strictly limited to user error. Even in the category of user error, the 93 battery explosions in 7 years pales in comparison to everyday objects we come in contact with.
    For example, in 2011, the National Fire Prevention Association reported
    Quote -In 2011, an estimated 40,890 injuries were reported to hospital emergency rooms as involving air conditioners, fans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and heat pumps.
    When you see the real numbers on everyday object injuries, it makes you wonder why electronic cigarettes are getting all the attention right now.
    I feel that electronic cigarettes and air conditioners have the same dangers. If used improperly, they can be dangerous.

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