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Hidden Dangers of E-Cigarettes: Explosions

Published December 14, 2015 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney
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Vapor pens have quickly gained popularity for their purported safety and lessened adverse health consequences over real cigarettes. However, despite their lack of smoke and their popularity, vapor e-cigs may be more dangerous than you may think. In fact, they have been exploding—quite literally—around the country. If you have been harmed by a vapor pen, our New York personal injury lawyer can help you.

What is Vaping?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines vapor e-cigs as “battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals to users in vapor instead of smoke.” The fact that it is vapor, and not smoke, that is inhaled by a user has resulted in the use of e-cigarettes being termed “vaping.” This is also the reason that e-cigarettes are traditionally regarded as being safer than actual cigarettes. However, despite this assumed belief, there is actually little research that has been published about the true health risks. However, some suspected dangers of vaping include addiction, harmed lung tissues, and damage to the immune system, according to ScienceNews.

Traditional cigarette use is at record lows, according to the Huffington Post and according to an article published by Reuters, the use of vaporizers has surged in the past year. The article reports that in an online poll, approximately 15 percent of poll participants under the age of 40 vape, and 10 percent of all persons in the U.S. vape.

Is There a Difference in E-Cigarettes and Vapor Pens?

Yes, while both e-cigarettes and e-cig vape pens allow users to inhale vapor rather than harmful smoke, there are many differences in the devices. According to a site called E-cigarettes are not refillable and come in a cartridge style, the e-cig heats the e-liquid, so it is already “burning.” Vape e-cigs or pens gradually heat the e-liquid with warm air that passes through a cartomizer at a set temperature. Both styles have the capacity to explode, according to studies by FEMA and other groups, and most of the explosions that have been recorded happened during charging.

A Definite Danger: Exploding Vapor Pens

While the specific health risks of vaping are unknown, there is one danger about which there is no doubt: when a vape pen explodes, the user is placed in imminent threat of harm. Dozens of e-cigarettes around the country have exploded, according to reports, causing serious injuries to affected victims.

Per a CBS News report, one Colorado man suffered a broken neck, fractures to the face, shattered teeth, and facial burns as a direct result of an exploding vape pens. In another case, a 21-year-old individual was put into a coma following an e-cigarette explosion, according to an article by CBS New York.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that between 2009 and August 2014, there were 25 incidents of exploding e-cigs recorded. There were no deaths associated with these explosions, although nine people were injured.

If the explosions have occurred as a result of design or manufacture defect, the makers of the defective vapor pens may be held liable for all related injuries sustained by victims of explosions.

What to Do in the Case of a Vapor E-Cig Explosion

In the event of a vapor pen explosion that causes injury to you or a loved one, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately after seeking medical attention. An attorney can help you determine who might be liable for the harm that you have suffered, as well as what types of damages you can recover – such as medical expenses and pain and suffering – and how. Because of a strict statute of limitations, it is important that you act quickly. Experienced New York injury law attorney Scott C. Gottlieb can help you. To schedule a free case consultation today, call us now or contact us online.

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