One surgeon with years of experience in physical trauma has noted an increase in the number of injuries stemming from exploding e-cigarettes. An article on this growing danger appears here.
An assistant professor of surgery working inside the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Vanderbilt University notes a marked increase in burns, tissue damage, and tooth loss during her career in medicine—all the result of e-cigarette devices or vape pens which exploded or caught fire.
Injuries on the Rise
In 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported 195 injuries related to e-cigarette explosions or fires between 2009 and 2016. This number has increased significantly as of late, rising from 15 in 2014 to 98 in 2016. While reported incidents resulted in 38 cases of severe injuries, the likelihood of unreported events means the real number could be much higher.
The report pins the explosions on malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries. The report states these batteries are particularly dangerous in e-cigarettes—as the structure of the devices could lead them to behave like dangerous projectiles if the batteries fail. When such batteries explode, patients can suffer flame burns, chemical burns, and blast injuries.
Recent cases of injury caused by exploding or igniting e-cigarette include:
- A 24-year-old man who died when his vape pen exploded, severing his carotid artery.
- A 38-year-old who died when an exploding e-cigarette sent shrapnel through his skull.
- A man who was left with a hole in his tongue when an e-cigarette he used exploded.
A Case for Regulation
Currently, there are no safety-testing requirements for devices which entered the market prior to August 2016. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working to draft safety standards since July 2017.
A spokesperson with the agency says the FDA has expressed concerns with adverse events potentially linked to e-cigarettes—including exploding or overheating lithium-ion batteries. Their efforts include user safety tips, public workshops, and draft guidance regulating batteries.
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