The press and the media seem to have something in common against the use of electronic cigarettes. Newspapers are awash with shocking news about the dangers associated with e-cigs and their charging devices as a cause of household fires, due to battery fires and such. But this is an excellent example of wrong and sensational journalism that does the opposite of good journalism and in fact what it does is misinform the public. Almost all lithium battery fires occur due to user error, and can occur with any type of device such as cellular phones. In fact, the rate of smokers switching to vaping has helped reduce home fires related to smoking tobacco.
From statistics to sensational news
The "big press" has a way of projecting data to create a false perception. Whether the shocking headlines are to get attention (and by the way increase sales), or really because they think e-cigs are bad news. Even firefighters have published a paper on how to combat the dangers associated with using e-cig.
Top "big-box" newspapers, such as the Daily Mail, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Guardian have headlines screaming alarming figures for home fires caused by electronic cigarettes. They publish disturbing stories blaming the charging devices as responsible for at least one fire a week. You have to read through the stories of recognizing the swollen details and the sensationalist manipulation of the truth.