E-Cigarette Burns Continue to Rise
Severe burns caused by electronic cigarettes—e-cigs—are continuing to increase. These injuries usually result from lithium ion battery failure, according to a study published in the May 2017 issue of the journal Burns.
When batteries are damaged—by any cause—their internal temperature can rise uncontrollably, resulting in the vaporization and decomposition of the lithium. This increases pressure inside the battering, causing it to ignite or explode.
Researchers suggest there's a need for increased awareness regarding safety hazards associated with e-cigarettes. The burns they can cause are often serious—requiring skin grafts in many cases. They often occur when the battery malfunctions while the device is being carried in a pocket. Other types of electronic nicotine-delivery systems that use lithium batteries can also cause burns.
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