Believing the marketing that claims they are safer, many people have turned to e-cigarettes as an alternative to regular cigarettes. However, recent evidence indicates that they aren’t as safe as anticipated. E-cigarettes can produce toxins such as formaldehyde and diacetyl, that are inhaled and which can cause severe health effects. In addition, there have been numerous cases of people being severely burned by an e-cigarette exploding in their mouth, and in at least once instance, a person lost an eye due to the explosion.
It’s believed that the causes of the explosions are the cheaply made lithium-ion batteries in the products, which lack controls to prevent either overcharging or discharging to a voltage that is too low, which can cause combustion. The batteries also can lack a hollow center core that would allow gas to escape slowly.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to the e-cigarette, including burns or breathing/respiratory injuries, call my office for a free consultation