Lithium-ion batteries used in e-cigarettes have been blamed for several explosions, some of which have catastrophically injured unsuspecting consumers. For one Colorado Springs man, the force from his exploding e-cigarette knocked out several of his teeth, caused a spinal cord injury and burned his face. After the explosion, he was rushed to the hospital where he underwent spinal cord reconstruction surgery.
The blast was so powerful, it shattered his vertebrae, and he may suffer mobility impairment for the rest of his life. He is an aspiring personal trainer and the father of a 1-year-old daughter.
E-cigarette explosions are extremely dangerous because they can occur next to a person’s head and face while the device is being used. This scenario occurred when a Miami man was externally and internally burned from the force of his e-cigarette exploding. The man suffered burns to his face and lungs.
Are E-Cigarettes Safe to Use?
Last year, FEMA released a report claiming that the lithium-ion batteries found in some e-cigarettes can explode like “flaming rockets”. Other consumer electronic devices that use lithium-ion batteries have been known to explode in rare circumstances, such as mobile phones. However, many other electronic devices are regulated and e-cigarettes are not.
As a requirement to be sold to consumers, e-cigarettes could use technology that would shut off devices if batteries are starting to overheat. If e-cigarettes were regulated like other consumer products that use lithium-ion batteries, innocent people could be saved years of pain and suffering. Until that day comes, the victims of these products deserve to have their stories heard.