FDA Considers Issuing Regulations as a Result of Increase in Exploding E-Cigarettes

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The e-cigarette was introduced in 2007 as a tool for many people to aid in their efforts to stop smoking. Since 2009, there have been at least 25 separate incidents of e-cigarettes exploding causing some very serious injuries, according to ABC News.

The problem lies mainly in the lithium battery which stores a large amount of energy in a compact amount of space. The tendency to explode gave the e-cigarette the nickname of “mini-bomb in your pocket,” due to its known ability to spontaneously ignite. ABC News reports 80 percent of the explosions occur during charging of the device. When the battery is overcharged, it can overheat and lead to an explosion and/or fire.

In a most recent report, a woman in Naples, Florida had an e-cigarette explode in her mouth causing her to sustain burns and damaging two teeth. In New Hampshire, a bedroom fire occurred during the charging process when the device overheated, causing serious damage to the home. In California, a man suffered burns when the e-cigarette exploded in his hand.

Spike Babaian, owner of Vape New York and founder of the National Vapors club, says that if the proper charger and batteries are used, the danger is virtually eliminated. It is when poor design, low quality of materials, along with manufacturer’s flaws and defects and improper use are employed, risks are undeniably present, reports NBC News’ I-TEAM.

In a NPR (National Public Radio) survey, 60 percent of 3,000 Americans surveyed support the FDA’s regulation of e-cigarettes and feel they should be regulated like tobacco products, reports NBC News.