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E-cigarette battery explosions on the rise

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Written by Kamil Arli

The Techtimes published an article about E-Cigarette popularity increasing, but battery explosion cases also on the rise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cigarette smoking causes around 480,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Conventional cigarettes pose a great risk to the lungs and heart of an individual. This has prompted many to turn toward e-cigarettes instead, which are considered less harmful than ordinary cigarettes.

Have become quite a rage among the younger generation

E-cigarettes, also known as vaping pens, have become quite a rage among the younger generation, with vape shops scattered around the country.

Studies also suggest that the act of indulging in an e-cigarette, or vaping, may considerably reduce the risk of developing cancer, or lung and heart diseases. However, a slew of new reports indicate that vaping pens may be hazardous in their own way.

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E-Cigarette Battery Explosion Issues

Reports reveal that the lithium-ion batteries housed inside e-cigarettes are prone to overheating and explode. The battery explosion has been instrumental in causing severe injuries to some users, even leading to hospitalization in a few cases.

With the rise in popularity of these vaping pens, the incidents of battery explosion have also increased considerably. Some users have shared their horrific experiences with these devices, as well as filed lawsuits against the manufacturers.

Scott Baker, a resident of Washington, is one such individual who faced a horrific accident when his vaping pen’s battery exploded. Baker suffered third degree burns to his hip after the e-cigarette suddenly exploded inside his trouser pocket.

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He managed to extract the burning battery

Baker claims that while at work, he could see sparks — similar to those from fireworks — emitting from his pocket. By the time he managed to extract the burning battery, the damage had been done and a portion of his hip was burned. Baker had to undergo skin grafts because of the severe burns.

Another e-cigarette user Sean Ritz, of Canton, underwent a similar predicament when his vaping pen’s battery exploded. His e-cigarette was also inside his trouser pocket. Canton suffered third degree burns all the way down his leg. He had to spend four days in intensive care owing to the severity of the burns.

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E-Cigarette: How Dangerous Is It?

Considering the large number of users, such hazards must be taken seriously to avoid similar accidents in the future. Proponents of vaping pens assure people that such accidents are rare, and the devices are generally safe to use.

“When used and charged properly, those lithium-ion batteries pose no more of a fire risk than other products that use other similar batteries,” remarked George Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association.

However, critics disagree with this assumption and feel that there is a general risk posed by such devices, largely because of volatile batteries.

It cannot be stated for certain why these explosions are occurring. However, the rise in popularity of vaping and e-cigarette use is marred by reports of such accidents occurring.

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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