We get it – life is expensive. Finding cheap alternatives may help you get through the week easier. Sometimes, though, cheaper products can cause significant harm to you and your body. This is true for bongs bought through DHgate. DHgate is a Chinese discount website that allows customers to purchase all kinds of products straight from Chinese factories.
The first bong I bought was from a website where I was overcharged. I didn’t know what I was buying since I thought that all glass was the same. After experience, research, and evidence, I now know this isn’t true. Different pieces not only function differently, but they vary in quality as well. For example, Chinese bongs on DHgate may not function well, while all-American branded bongs like those found on All In 1 Smoke Shop are incredibly functional and made of durable and quality-controlled glass.
Purchasing a bong or other piece of glass through DHgate can be a danger to your health. Because they are made with lead paint, you could be risking your health just to save a few extra dollars. Instead of looking in the short term, it’s best to understand exactly why DHgate isn’t a safe place to purchase bongs from. Let’s take a look at why.
Do Not Buy Bongs on DHgate
When you first consider purchasing a DHgate bong, you may think you’re getting an amazing deal. This is what the company wants you to think, though. In all actuality, you’re potentially purchasing an item that will give you cancer.
It’s possible that there are few Chinese bong factories that produce safe bongs; however, I haven’t seen one. This means that it’s likely that any piece of painted glass you purchase through DHgate will be unsafe. The reason for this potential health issue is found in the paint used on these painted glass pieces. There is a lack of production quality checks, so the safety of such pieces is lower than those found in America. Now that you understand that the issue lies in the quality control and lead paint, it’s important to know why.
Why Should You Care About Smoking Lead?
The smoking and inhalation of lead are the most dangerous ways of ingestion. Other means of ingestion include through drinking water. If you’ve heard stories about cities or towns that have had these issues, you’re already familiar with what lead can do to the body. Keep in mind that by having a lead painted bong like those found on DHgate, you’re at serious risk of health concerns and injury.
There are many ways that lead can affect the body. Since lead is highly toxic, it is one of the deadliest chemicals used in everyday household materials. Any form of ingestion can lead to bodily harm of major organs like your kidneys, the blood, and your nerves. Along with these biological issues, psychological and behavioral disabilities are possible, too. In severe cases, if you acquire lead poisoning you can even die.
Lead paint was banned in 1978 because of the identified danger of it. This happened before people started smoking through lead painted bongs, too. Combustion makes everything more dangerous, especially when you are around toxic lead.
Lead is especially dangerous for children, but adults who are exposed to lead paint are at risk, too. Physical symptoms of lead poisoning include acquired seizures, insomnia, headaches, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and irritability. Additionally, you may have issues with your concentration, joint pain, and pregnant women may experience a miscarriage or premature birth. If you’ve purchased a bong with lead paint and are experiencing symptoms of lead poisoning, it is important to consult a medical professional immediately. With these glass pieces, you won’t be getting the munchies – you’ll be getting poisoned.
Researchers found a link between smoking and lead levels. Observations completed by Franziska Busse, MD, and colleagues show that their hospitalized patients with classic symptoms of lead intoxication were all daily smokers through bongs. What they did not do the research on is where these bongs came from. I can almost say for certain that these bongs came from DHgate and were full of lead paint.
Example of DHgate Lead Bongs
Take a look at this bong:
First thing is first – you get what you pay for. This cheap price will only be offered on pieces that can be made cheaply through a factory. To test this piece, we purchased it. It took six weeks to arrive, and that alone should drive you away. After receiving it, we did some analysis.
The paint you see is lead paint. It is only on the outside of the bong. That doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous, though. Every time you touch this piece, you’ll have direct contact with it through your hands. Whenever you wash it, you’ll have lead remnants left over in your sink and on whatever you used to dry it.
Just because the art on the bong looks good doesn’t mean it’s safe. Beauty is not worth your life, so be cautious!
DHgate is a relatively unreliable website. Products are not overlooked in any way, and quality control testing is not only completed. Because of this, companies can get away with scheming the customer. Take a look at these two bongs below:
Do you notice any similarities? They have the exact same shape of base and downstem. That, along with the fact that they are listed on DHgate, are clues to see that they are factory produced.
Not only are most Chinese bongs similar and factory produced, but they may not even be real bong brands! When a Chinese bong is caught for using lead paint or other harmful materials that can potentially put a customer in danger, they simply change their name. This is easy for them because the pieces themselves are all factory produced. This means that tons of different brand names can exist for one single dangerous company.
Instead of opting for fake brands, check out quality American glass blown bongs. High-end brands like Illadelph only work directly with official glass sellers. Thankfully, All In 1 Smoke Shop is an authorized retailer of them. Illadelph glass is a great option, as they’re safe and function excellently. Make sure you don’t go onto a site like DHgate and purchase a fake Illadelph, though. In a previous article, I gave you 6 tips to check if an Illadelph is real or not. They’re easy to spot, so make sure to check it out! Tons of other American brands are great, too. Avoid DHgate and their lead painted bongs at all costs.
What to Do If You Have a Piece with Lead Paint?
If you have been smoking a bong that is painted with lead paint, the first thing to do is to stop smoking it immediately. Then consult a doctor about your health. While it may seem scary, All In 1 Smoke Shop is writing this article to spread awareness of how dangerous lead painted bongs can be. Once you stop smoking from the glass and toss it out, consider purchasing a better quality American-made bong. Always purchase verified American glass. Doing so will ensure you won’t have to experience any medical emergencies from smoking besides panic attacks. Lead poisoning is a very serious concern. It is nothing to joke about and should be taken seriously. That’s why it’s so important to us to write this article.
If They’re So Dangerous, Why are DHgate Bongs So Popular?
Nowadays, people are opting for cheaper alternatives they can find rather than spending a little more money for quality. In addition to this, there is a general lack of knowledge on the subject of how bongs are made, especially those made in China factories. Unfortunately, with little knowledge and the desire to save money, people get themselves into trouble with their health.
Is it really worth chancing significant illness over saving a few dollars? I don’t think so. Purchasing American-made bongs like those from All In 1 Smoke Shop is a safer and healthier alternative.
Order from All In 1 Smoke Shop
All In 1 Smoke Shop is a great spot to purchase classic and reliable American made bongs from. Instead of dealing with unhealthy lead paint and 3-month long shipping times, we will get you a safe, sturdy piece in significantly less time. Our products are superior to Chinese glass in that they are not factory produced and they don’t contain any trace of lead paint.
Don’t risk your life – purchase a safely made and beautifully crafted American glass bong from All In 1 Smoke Shop today!