E-cigarettes, also known as vape pens, are seen to many as a “healthier” alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Rather than smoking tobacco and the assorted chemicals known to be present in cigarettes, e-cig users inhale a solution consisting of propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and different flavors. These mixtures are smoked by using the device to heat up the liquid, so it becomes vapor.
Most e-cigs are powered by lithium ion batteries, which can combust if they reach a high temperature.
The resulting injuries of an e-cigarette explosion can be devastating, and those involved in their production are directly responsible. Many of these events could have been avoided with standard safety laws and warning labels, but sadly, the vaping industry has little to no regulation.
Have you been injured by an exploding e-cigarette? The negligence of e-cig sellers and regulatory agencies are directly at fault. Our Daphne personal injury attorney at Elizabeth A. Citrin, P.C. is dedicated to defending those who have suffered as a result of a vaping-related explosion. Contact us through our website or call (251) 202-3374 to speak with a member of our team. We are available to speak 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Vape Pen Explosion Injuries
E-cig explosions can occur when the battery that powers the device overheats. An e-cigarette can catch fire, causing burns to the hands and face, or escalate to a full-on explosion. The impact of an e-cig explosion can cause more serious burns, as well as broken bones. Long-term effects of these injuries can include permanent scarring, loss of eyesight, and loss of hearing.
Negligent Retailers and Government Agencies Are Responsible
Currently, there are no regulations in place for the manufacturing or selling of e-cigarettes. Nobody involved in the vaping industry is required to post any warning about the potential dangers of using e-cigarettes, and there are no guidelines for the production of these devices.
The absence of regulations means there are no processes in place for ensuring e-cigs are made safely. The explosion dangers of lithium ion batteries are well documented, but the e-cigarette industry is not subject to the same governance as cell phone manufacturers or other companies that use batteries in their products.
Again, the dangers of lithium ion batteries have been known for years. The batteries’ known dysfunctions, along with inadequate safety management, are a dangerous combination for the manufacturing of unsafe products.
Unfortunately, most consumers are unaware of the risks associated with vaping because there are no warning label requirements. The products themselves generally have no indication of potential battery combustion, and retailers are not required to post any in-store signage.
Injured? Contact Our Daphne Defective Product Lawyer.
If you or a family member have been injured by an exploding e-cigarette, you may be entitled to financial coverage of your medical bills and other damages. Nonexistent regulatory policies leave customers in the dark about these risks and have resulted in devastating injuries. Additionally, the marketing of e-cigarettes as “safe” is misleading, bringing in many customers who may have avoided these products if exposed to honest warnings.
At Elizabeth A. Citrin, P.C., we are committed to supporting those affected by defective products. Harm resulting from the use of an e-cigarette, especially without adequate warning, is a disconcerting experience. Your trust has been violated by these companies, and you are likely angry and looking for answers. Our Daphne defective product attorney is here 24/7 to offer guidance on your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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