E-cigarettes pose significant burn hazard in addition to health risks

In this Air Force file photo, an Airman at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois smokes an e-cigarette. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erica Crossen)

By USAG Fort Benning Safety Office

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 18, 2017) – Besides for the significant health risks of using tobacco products, e-cigarettes also may pose a significant burn hazard, according to the 7th Signal Command (Theater).

Seventh Signal made a release, which is posted in full below, that electronic cigarettes may explode in the user’s pocket or in the user’s face.

“Old-fashioned cigarettes don’t explode in your pocket or blow up in your face, and that’s what’s happening across the country with some e-cigarettes,” according to the release.

The reasons for this include no industry-wide manufacturing standards, no regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, misuse and modification by end users, wrong battery chargers, and extreme temperatures.

The release recommends thorough cleaning of vape mods (a weightier version of the e-cigarette), locking the vape mod when not in use, choosing a well-ventilated vape mod that allows gas to vent even when the battery fails, and more.

To learn about the health benefits of tobacco cessation, visit www.army.mil/article/178034 or cdc.gov/tobacco.

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