While the popularity of electronic cigarettes (E-cigs) has been on the rise in the last few years, the industry is developing some explosive problems. The growing number of media reports in recent months involving cases of exploding E-cigarettes has brought to light the serious, albeit rare, occurrences accidents leaving victims with severe burns and other injuries using the alternative to the smoking product.
Since E-cigarettes were first available for sale in 2007, these devices that are built to vaporize nicotine-laced liquids have increased in popularity, especially among teens and lifelong smokers attempting to quit. A 2014 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) research study revealed that approximately 25 percent of all high school students report having used an E-cig in the last 12 months. That number doubles to one in eight teenagers who have reported “smoking” an E-cigarette in the last month.
E-cigarettes are a huge industry that created more than $1.5 billion in sales in 2015, with numbers that are expected to more than quadruple by the end of 2018. However, there are serious mechanical problems to the battery-operated device that simply vaporizes liquids to produce an almost identical sensation to smoking cigarettes, complete with a hit of nicotine to the back of the “smoker’s” throat.