Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs are all the rage these days as a smoking cessation tool. These are being touted as safer and more effective alternatives for smoking aficionados who would like to kick the habit. That being said, these devices aren’t without risks and have been known to cause intense burns, permanent scarring and even the loss of an eye or other organs close to the smoker’s face.
How E-Cigarettes Work
E-cigarettes are powered by a lithium ion battery, much like the type you find in your typical cell phone. In addition, they are filled with chemicals such as glycerin, propylene glycol, flavoring compounds and a tiny amount of nicotine. They are undoubtedly convenient since they can be ‘lit’ at any time and last much longer than your average cigarette. In addition, they don’t contain as many noxious and carcinogenic compounds as ordinary cigarettes, making them a healthier option for both the smoker and the people around them.
Given the increasing demand for e-cigarettes, manufacturers are rushing the lithium ion batteries contained in them through production in order not to miss out on supplying and cornering the market. Due to this rush, they may not put these batteries as well as the cigarette’s electronic circuits through stringent tests to make sure they are safe for use.
E-cigarette injuries are caused by the overheating and explosion of these units which spray their contents onto the smoker and other people’s faces. These liquids are usually hot and caustic, containing chemicals which can eat away at a person’s skin and bones.
Here are some of the most common e-cig injuries:
- Severe facial and chest burns
- Eyesight loss
- Broken finger
- Broken nose
- Broken teeth
- Psychological trauma
The U.S. Fire Administration has said that over 80 percent of e-cig explosions happen when the device is being charged. The cause of these explosions is almost always due to lithium ion battery failure, and the faulty batteries have been known to fly a couple of feet across rooms, making them dangerous projectiles.
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