The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to hold a 2-day meeting in April to discuss the dangers of exploding batteries in electronic cigarettes.
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What’s the Problem?
January 4, 2017 – FDA announced last year that it would start to regulate electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs and vapes), battery powered devices that deliver nicotine and other substances in the form of a vapor, which is inhaled by the user.
The Associated Press reported last month that the FDA had identified at least 66 e-cigarette explosions between 2015 and early 2016. The batteries overheated, caught fire or blew up, according to the AP.
Researchers from the University of Washington Regional Burn Center in Seattle reported in October that they had treated at least 22 people for burns and other injuries associated with exploding e-cigarettes over the previous year, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
The researchers said that e-cigarette users have been maimed or burned by exploding batteries, and there have been reports of teeth and facial bones being shattered.
“Once we realized this was a trend at our center, we felt the need to get the word out,” said Dr. Elisha Brownson, lead author of the NEJM study. “We want consumers to know this is a risk.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3 million middle and high school students used electronic cigarettes in 2015, up from about 2.46 million the year before.
Among adults who tried to quit smoking in 2014, over half had tried e-cigs as an alternative, and more than 20% started using them. Slightly over 3% of people who had never smoked tried the devices, but what has troubled health officials is that young adults between ages 18 and 24 were the highest number of new users.
Do I Have an E-Cigarette Lawsuit?
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