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  1. mrsolearyscow
    (Newser) – Scary news for electronic smokers: A 57-year-old man in Florida suffered serious injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, ABC reports. The explosion knocked out all the man's teeth and part of his tongue, and severely burned his face. "The best analogy is that it was like trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off," says the police officer who responded to the call. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire."

    The brand of e-cigarette or age of the device isn't known, but investigators say it appears that the battery was rechargeable lithium, and that a faulty battery caused the blast. The co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association says 2.5 million Americans, mostly ex-smokers, use the devices, and this is the first such incident reported. "There have been billions and billions of puffs on the cigarettes, and we have not heard of this happening before," he says.

    Source: http://www.newser.com/story/139805/e-cigarette-explodes-in-mans-mouth.html

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  1. Micklemouse
    Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=32605&stc=1&d=1367100078[/IMGL](CBS/AP) So much for being safer. An electronic cigarette blew up in a Florida man's face, leaving him in a hospital with severe burns, missing his front teeth and a chunk of his tongue.

    Fire officials said Wednesday that the man had switched to electronic cigarettes to try and quit smoking, and that the scary situation was caused by a faulty battery.

    "The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off," said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North Bay Fire Department. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire."

    Fire Chief Joseph Miller said the victim contacted the department on Wednesday to thank firefighters and told them he was recovering at a hospital in Mobile, Ala., and anticipated being released later in the day. Officials have not publicly identified him, citing department policy. But a Facebook page under the name of 57-year-old Tom Holloway of Niceville was filled with well-wishers commenting on the injury and database searches matched his address on the fire report with his name.

    Holloway was at his home office when the device exploded, leaving behind burned carpet, chair cushions, pictures and office equipment. A scorched battery case found on a piece of melted carpet appears to be one for a cigar-sized device, the report said. Those in the house with him rushed to his aid in the smoke-filled room and tried to put the fire out with salt, the report said.

    Holloway and his family members didn't answer The Associated Press' requests for interviews.

    Investigators do not know the brand of cigarette, type of battery or age of the device, Parker said. It appears the battery was rechargeable lithium because a recharging station and other batteries were in the room, he said. Parker has forwarded information about the blaze to the fire marshal's office to include in any databases on the devices. But Parker said he has yet to hear of any similar instances.

    Holloway agreed to let firefighters take the burned case and other, undamaged ones with them as examples for reporting to a national database. But Holloway has asked for the burned case back. Parker said it could be used as evidence in any litigation, although Holloway did not indicate why he wanted it returned, Parker said.

    Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said the industry knows of no problems with the cigarettes or batteries exploding.

    Kicklas said the rigid, plastic cigarettes include a small battery and cartridge. The battery is designed to generate an electric charge when the device is inhaled. The charge sets off vapor in the cigarette tube. The nicotine-filled mist gives the taste and experience of smoking without the smoke.

    Kiklas cited a federal report that found 2.5 million Americans used electronic cigarettes last year.

    "There have been billions and billions of puffs on the cigarettes and we have not heard of this happening before," he said.

    The industry does not claim electronic cigarettes allow smokers to kick the habit, just that they are a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes because they have fewer chemicals, Kiklas said.

    The Food and Drug Administration posted a warning about the cigarettes on its website in October, saying that e-cigarettes were "highly addictive," could contain dangerous chemicals like nicotine and might encourage kids to try other tobacco products.

    In 2010, the FDA sent letters to some e-cigarette makers for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act including "violations of good manufacturing practices, making unsubstantiated drug claims and using the devices as delivery mechanisms for active pharmaceutical ingredients," according to the FDA website.

    The agency directs people to report any adverse events with e-cigarettes by filling out a form on the site, or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

    CBS News
    Februrary 16th 2012
    © 2012 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_...plodes-in-mans-mouth-causes-serious-injuries/
  2. hookedonhelping
    Re: Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    I see this is the story from February 2012. There was a lot of debate surrounding this story and it remains the only story of it's type.

    The reason this happened is because the man used a non-rechargeable Li-ion battery from Radio Shack and modified it's intended use. In my semi-expert opinion, having used a vaporizer and E-cigarette for over 6 months now, they are still safe as ever and are a much healthier alternative to analog consumption of tobacco.
  3. thirdeyelasik
    Re: Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    I haven't had any problems with e cigs up to this point. My only complaint is that the cartridges run out much sooner than they claim and it ends up costing me more than smoking regular cigs ever did. I hope I don't end up like the guy in this story!
  4. Alien Sex Fiend
    Re: Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    a faulthy battery doesn't mean the entire device is faulty. i mean batteries in flashlight also leak, flashlights just don't blow up
  5. Bernard Marx
    Re: Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    I still think that e-cigs are much safer than cigarettes, as hookedonhelping said, its his own damn fault. I dont believe that any evidence has been shown that e-cigs are dangerous in any way.
  6. Micklemouse
    Re: Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    E-cigs don't seem to be dangerous. People however are! If this guy did try to modify the battery, then an honourary Darwin award is on it's way. There have also been a couple of cases of house fires in England recently caused by e-cigs left charging in laptop usb ports - from the photos from Manchester Fire Services (which I'll upload later, currently at work) it appears that they were the larger cigar type batteries charging from the usb adapter meant for the smaller cigarette type battery, & both were from the same manufacturer. Most vendors seem to make it clear that this should not be done, but hey, people are stupid. What can I say?
  7. Micklemouse
    Re: Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    Sent by a friend -

    Electric Cigarettes – fire risk



    BACKGROUND
    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have responded to two separate house fires which have involved combustible materials, one in the lounge and one in the bedroom of the occupied properties. On investigation it was found that the cause of each fire was due to the rupture of a battery pack used to power an electronic cigarette device.



    An electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette, vapor cigarette or an e-cig, is an electrical inhaler that vaporizes a propylene glycol- or glycerin- or polyethylene glycol-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking. It is often marketed as a smoking cessation aid or tobacco replacement.



    An electronic cigarette contains three essential components: A plastic cartridge that serves as a mouthpiece and a reservoir for liquid; an "atomizer" that vaporizes the liquid and a battery.



    In the United Kingdom, the use, sale and advertising of electronic cigarettes is legal. Electronic cigarettes are also allowed to be smoked inside pubs, coffee shops, etc.



    FIRE INVESTIGATION
    The investigation that was carried out identified that the battery cell was left plugged in and on charge from a USB port. In each case the end cap detached from the battery unit when it ruptured and ejected metal foil components travelled across the room and ignited soft furnishings approximately 2m away.
    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif][FONT=Arial, serif]The battery is believed to be a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and makes the largest component of an electronic cigarette. Both models were fitted with a manual a power switch, which must be held during operation to operate the device. A LED illuminates to show activation.[/FONT][/FONT]
    The ‘Vegas’ or ‘Revelation’ battery pack is believed to be a 3.7v battery pack, the manufacturer is not currently known however the battery is 650mAh Lithium –ion rechargeable type.



    OPERATIONAL CREWS/COMMUNITY PREVENTION TEAMS
    Staff are to be aware of the potential fire risk from such devices and consideration to be given in the event of a fire or if identified during a home fire safety visit.


    CONT……..




    Both occasions were apparently using un-modified batteries, although the attached files show that the chargers used were inappropriate for the battery
  8. kailey_elise
    Re: Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries

    ANY Lithium battery can be dangerous. I've had a battery...eh, it didn't 'explode' on me, but it did 'blow' & thankfully vented properly & damn, did it STINK! I switched batteries because the one I was using stopped working...put it on the desk to throw on the charger later, and PS & I all of a sudden noticed a god-awful smell & I noticed the smoking. Grabbed it, threw it in a pan & threw the pan in the tub. But it just vented, like it's supposed to.

    This can happen with cell phone batteries, laptop batteries...it's just a risk of lithium batteries. Which is why you should always follow the directions completely & only use approved chargers for your rechargeable item.

    ~Kailey
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