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Electronic cigarettes are connected to more crime stories.

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As vaping boomed it became inevitable that the types of people vaping would diverge. Now it seems that no crime story is complete unless it is linked in some way to electronic cigarette use. This week’s tales include prisoners starting a fire, a biker who should win awards for stupidity, and a tip for responding to a complaint.

Ray County, in the U.S. state of Missouri, is home to a maximum-security jail for 250 men, women and juveniles. Inmates are allowed an hour a week for exercise and given three meals a day. What inmates are not allowed to do is to strip down their jail-safe ecigs, extract the batteries, and use them to set fire to a mattress.

Chief Deputy Brian Bush said he “would like to thank all agencies who responded for their quick response and assistance during this incident, which could have had a much worse outcome,” but couldn’t explain why the woman had decided to do something so stupid. The women will now face arson charges.

In Porterdale, Georgia, the police spotted Scott Autry while he was sitting on his 1985 Honda VF700 in a car park. Shortly after this point, Autry will probably have wished he’d done some things differently. He might wish he hadn’t bothered to fix four blue lights onto his bike to pretend it was a police bike? It was the presence of the lights that convinced officers to have a chat.

Then there was the matter of his bulge. Autry might now be thinking back and saying to himself: “OK, I could have got away with my vaping device, it’s legal after all, but maybe I shouldn’t have also had a large open tin of beer?”

Consequently, the police decided it would be in order to search him and, for reasons only Autry will be aware of, the biker was carrying a drug-stained meth pipe along with a bag of methamphetamine. British biking vapers might need to be reminded that the possession of beer and meth does not currently feature on the UK driving test specification.

Autry can’t have any complaints when he eventually goes to court, but if he did he might be advised not to follow the example of Krystal Feldsherov. The thing is that Ms. Feldsherov has taken to vaping in order to help her quit smoking.  One of the places she enjoyed a vape was on her commute on the New York subway network.

She may have missed the message that vaping was included in the smoking ban earlier this year? Or maybe she simply thought flouting the law was possible and nobody would mind? But someone did.

After Feldsherov was asked to stop vaping by a female passenger, who explained she found the vape to be offensive, she responded in the best way she knew how. The complainer was then whisked off to a nearby Brooklyn hospital for treatments to the cuts and swelling to her face and Feldsherov was invited to spend some time with the nice police officers.

It would seem that in each of these cases, the only sensible thing these people have done is to switch tobacco cigarettes for vaping.

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Dave Cross

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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