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Another Reason to Break Your Vaping Habit

Another Reason to Break Your Vaping Habit

Add battery explosions to the list of risks threatening e-cigarette smokers.

There’s a new risk for e-cig smokers that has been pretty covert until recently—e-cigarette explosions.

Turns out, between 2015 and 2017, an estimated 2,035 cases of injuries (loss of eyes and teeth), burns and even one death caused by e-cigarette battery explosions, showed up in US hospitals. That’s 40 times more incidences of e-cig-related injuries than were reported by the FDA and 15 times more than reported by the U.S. Fire Administration.

The researchers at George Mason University who sleuthed out the new info compared cross-sectional data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. And they want people to know the FDA has had the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, including e-cigarette batteries, since 2016, but the agency's Center for Tobacco Products hasn’t acted on it.

So here’s your warning, e-cig smokers: Since the FDA doesn’t seem likely to regulate the safety of your e-cigs and the CPSC can only do it through an act of Congress (not likely either), it’s up to you to protect yourself. Give up vaping before you’re the recipient of a burn—or worse.

Medically reviewed in July 2019.

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