cigarette burns are on the rise
“They all told me basically the same thing,” he explained. Along with colleagues, he compiled a detailed report about the three patients he treated, concluding that lithium ion battery failure likely caused the injuries.
“These cases are among the first recognizing thermal injuries sustained from the lithium ion batteries contained in electronic cigarettes, which means there’s a need for increased awareness of the safety hazards associated with e cigarettes,” Vercruysse explained.
E cigarettes have already been banned from airplanes, US Navy vessels and some counties.
Last year, a Delta Airlines flight was delayed after an e cigarette ignited inside a passenger’s carry on bag. Earlier this month, the Navy barred the devices from ships, submarines, boats and aircraft.
Eighty percent of e cigarette explosions take place while the device is charging, according to FEMA.
“I think in general, the public thinks that e cigarettes are somehow better for you than tobacco cigarettes,” Vercruysse said. “But they still deliver nicotine, which isn’t good for you, and this particular product has a defect where the battery can malfunction.”