My Review: The Dangers Of The Electronic Cigarette

Pictured on the left is the cigarette after explosion. The bottom piece in this picture that shows 3 separate pieces, is the interior of the cigarette plainly showing exposed wires on the far right. This photo was taken via celphone and was uploaded to mypics via verizon wireless and then loaded to this site and the factoidz site that I write for. This happened March 2009 in a Ft. Lauderdale hotel room while traveling. The picture was then sent to the saleswoman within minutes of the explosion, and can easily be verified via verizons records if someone would like to challenge the dangers of this product at the time of which I used it. I promote healthier living, and support people in quitting smoking. This is a situation that happened to me, in no way am I saying never use one. Im just saying be careful. When charging, be present. etc.

I purchased an electronic cigarette last year, and can vouch for the fact that they are dangerous. At least this particular one was. They will aid in reducing or even quitting smoking, however there is a danger that hasn’t been spoken of. In fact, the woman who sold me mine was featured on WBNS news promoting the cigarette within days of this one exploding. When I emailed the reporter and explained my situation with the cigarette, I was ignored. They had aired a segment telling how great they were, apparently they didn’t want to return within a week speaking of this incident. That, or it was for law purposes. Most likely they were avoiding being sued by those that sell the product, for projecting a negative image.

Electronic cigarettes give the same sensation as a real cigarette. You inhale and exhale a mist, along with the level of nicotine you prefer. The nicotine cartridges come in 3 strengths. For me personally, I preferred the medium strength. I loved that little cigarette and was temporarily saddened the day our smoking affair had ended, in a Ft. Lauderdale hotel room.

I had been using the cigarette for about 3 weeks. After the first week nicotine began to leak out of the metal structure and the LED no longer worked, so the saleswoman replaced it. The new one seemed to be working fine, until about week 2. As I sat in my hotel room on vacation with my children I caught a whiff of a unique odor. Having been through a fire or two in my life, I can smell potential fires from afar. And that is what I smelled.

Upon entering the other room there was a haze, and I unplugged the electronic cigarette from the charger. As I unplugged the charger from the wall, and removed the cigarette from the charger it exploded. There were red and green wires hanging out of it, and an awful aroma of burnt plastic. I became paranoid about the wires, I was boarding a cruise the next day to leave the country. And this once safe electronic cigarette now looked like a bomb. How would I make it in and out of the country with such a thing? If I throw it away I will never see that $160.00 refund. I sent her a photo of the cigarette just in case I had to toss it.

Needless to say I made it back home with it. I got my refund and I found it odd for that saleswoman to be on the news promoting this product. I had gone though two, in 3 short weeks. After one nearly caught a high rise hotel on fire, here she is on the news talking about how great they are just a few days after I returned my second one.

How To Market And Sell Your Item Online

So many businesses leave money on the table every single month by not taking advantage of the internet. Often customers visit a boring website, with very little information on the product they want to purchase. The number one rule to selling a product, is becoming the product. You must know everything about it. With the internet, there is an art to marketing your item.

The customer can not smell, or touch the product. Therefor it is crucial that you provide them with a very informative description. Take clothing as an example. With clothing the customer should feel as though they are already wearing that sweater before they even order it. By doing this, they will likely revisit and make a purchase if for some reason they couldn’t buy it on the initial visit. They need to be able to visualize wearing it, and by providing a nice description of the item they will do exactly that. Offer free exchanges and a return policy. It is important not to charge customers a penalty for these returns. They are buying from a desk, and taking a risk. Many are already leary, so it is important to make it a good experience for them.

It is also important to tell them why they need the item you are selling. Where can it be used and how? How big is this item? Exact measurements are best. What will owning this item do for them? Will it improve their life in any way? Will it simplify things? Are their multiple ways to use this item? People really need visuals, and pictures do not always work. Unless of course, you provide several pictures of the item. Items with more pictures vs. one stock photo, will always sell better.

Again, in any sales job it is about believing in what you sell. I once sold an empty box on ebay for $250.00 in a mystery auction. Granted, I put things in the box before I shipped it, but the customer had no idea what was actually in the box. However, people kept bidding. Why? Because the way I described the box, and possible things I would be placing in it. It got them excited, and they wanted it.

So get them excited, and pump them up. Provide quality service once they have purchased and you will likely gain repeat business, as well as word of mouth advertisement. Good Luck!

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