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E-cigarette Battery Explosion Severely Burns NY Man

An e-cigarette battery explosion left a New York man with severe burn injuries Monday, Jan. 28, as he and a co-worker arrived at a home to begin some repair work. Jacob Dudhnath, 27, of Mamaroneck, New York, had just arrived at a job in Larchmont when the spare e-cigarette battery in his pocket exploded, engulfing his leg in flames. “All I knew was I had a fire in my pants, and it kept moving down,” Mr. Dudhnath told WABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News. “And it just kept getting hotter, so we just worked on getting it off of me as ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion in Canadian Man’s Mouth Triggers Lawsuit

E-cigarettes have exploded in popularity since they first hit the market in the mid-2000s, and they continue to literally explode in the hands, mouths, pockets, and purses of unfortunate vapers everywhere, causing serious injury and property damage. The Vancouver Sun reports that Shelby Hare, a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is suing the two local e-cigarette retailers and two international manufacturing and distribution companies after his e-cigarette exploded in his mouth on Dec. 30, 2016. Mr. Hare alleged that a defect in his e-cigarette caused the blast, leaving him with severe injuries that included a broken jaw, shattered teeth, ... Read More

E-Cigarette Use Doubled Among U.S. Teens in 2017

E-cigarette use among high school students doubled in 2017 – the largest increase in smoking, drinking and drug use ever recorded in the U.S., a new survey by University of Michigan researchers has found. The unprecedented leap in teen vaping echoes the earlier findings of U.S. government surveys, which prompted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to take a series of bold actions against the e-cigarette industry – especially manufacturers who design their products and marketing with a special appeal to teens and children. More than 1.3 million high school students started vaping in 2017, according to ... Read More

E-Cigarette Safety, Efficacy Rebuked by Tennessee Health Officials

Tennessee health officials have grown increasingly concerned over the past year about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes and especially the impact of vaping on children and teens. The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) issued its first e-cigarette health advisory five years ago. Since then, “accumulating evidence has increased the level of concern regarding the risks posed by these products to the health of all persons involved, especially children,” the agency says in its most recent advisory. The past year has been a rough one for e-cigarette manufacturers and the vaping industry in general. Armed with evidence showing vaping has ... Read More

FDA Warns E-Cigarette Users About E-Liquids Containing Viagra, Cialis

U.S. regulators are urging U.S. e-cigarette users – particularly males – to avoid vaping two e-liquid formulas made by HelloCig Electronic Technology Co. Ltd. containing undeclared prescription erectile dysfunction drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a Dec. 11 announcement that HelloCig’s “E-Cialis HelloCig E-liquid” contains either sildenafil (Viagra) or tadalafil (Cialis) or a combination of the two drugs. The company’s “E-Rimonabant HelloCig E-Liquid” contains the undeclared drug sildenafil, the FDA said. Sildenafil and tadalafil are the active pharmaceutical ingredients in FDA-approved prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. The FDA says it hasn’t approved the drugs ... Read More

Florida Man Airlifted to Hospital With E-Cigarette Explosion Injuries

A Florida man whose e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket was airlifted to a Manatee County hospital Nov. 21 with extensive burn injuries. The 43-year-old man reportedly stowed the e-cigarette in the back pocket of his pants. The device exploded when he sat down on a chair at work. E-cigarettes are powered by powerful lithium-ion batteries, which can burst with intensely hot flames if damaged, flawed, overcharged, or stored with other metal objects. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the man’s burn injuries are not considered life-threatening, but he was flown to Blake Medical Center by BayFlite as a trauma alert. ... Read More

E-Cigarette Blast Severely Burns California Toddler and Mom

California mom Paige Kadella heard a strange crackling sound coming from her purse as she was traveling in the backseat of her father-in-law’s car with her 18-month-old daughter Ashlynn. When she bent over to investigate, her purse was engulfed in flames. Her e-cigarette had exploded for unknown reasons and she seriously burned her hands as she frantically tried to put out the fire, screaming for her father-in-law to pull the car over. But Ashlynn, who was strapped into a car seat, suffered the worst injuries. The fire had spread from Ms. Kadella’s purse to her daughter’s car seat, leaving the ... Read More

FDA’s Proposed E-Cigarette Restrictions Met With GOP Backlash

Sweeping e-cigarette restrictions proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have drawn sharp condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who say the agency’s efforts to prevent children and teens from vaping are “un-Republican” and “troubling.” Clamping down on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products has become a major focus for FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who proposed plans to limit the sale of flavored e-cigarette products to in-person retail locations where proof of age would be required to buy. Under Dr. Gottlieb’s direction, the FDA also seeks to ban menthol-flavored conventional cigarettes and flavored cigars. The proposals come ... Read More

FDA To Restrict Sale of E-Cigarette Flavors

Federal authorities are barring the sale of fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarette liquids in gas stations and convenience stores next week in an effort to beat back a surge of vaping among teens and children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will still allow the sales of e-liquid – the nicotine-infused liquid that vaporizes in an e-cigarette – at those retail locations, but only in tobacco, mint, and menthol flavors, The Washington Post reports. The FDA also plans to order online retailers of e-cigarette products to implement stricter age-verification controls. The new restrictions, however, will not apply to vape shops and ... Read More

FDA Seeks Proof that E-cigarette Companies Aren’t Snubbing U.S. Regulations

Federal authorities have expanded a government investigation of the e-cigarette industry while threatening to pull dozens of new vaping products off the market if they are found to be noncompliant with U.S. regulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it sent letters on Oct. 12 to 21 e-cigarette companies, including the vape units of Big Tobacco companies British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, and Japan Tobacco as part of a probe to determine whether they are illegally marketing some 40 new products. Earlier this month, FDA authorities paid a surprise visit to the San Francisco offices of Juul, the world’s ... Read More