In 2019, it seems like the media was reporting on the dangers of e-cigarettes on a daily basis. COVID-19 has pushed that news out of the limelight, but the dangers are still there. In addition to the unknown long-term ramifications of inhaling e-cig vapors, users also face another serious risk every time they vape: explosions, fires, and serious burns.
Almost all e-cigs are powered by lithium ion batteries. These batteries power many of the devices we use every day, including smartphones, laptops, cameras, and more. But those devices are typically manufactured by trusted brands with strict quality control standards and trusted suppliers. E-cigs, on the other hand, are often manufactured as cheaply as possible—and that includes their batteries.
Poorly designed and manufactured batteries are much more prone to failure, including explosions, than other batteries. It’s important to note that lithium ion batteries carry huge amounts of energy inside them. When they fail, that energy must go somewhere, and that’s what causes explosions and fires.
When e-cigs explode, they can cause serious injuries to the people using them. People hurt by exploding e-cigs have suffered facial and limb scarring, loss of fingers, burns, and even loss of vision. Because there are so many e-cigs on the market and new models are introduced frequently, it can be difficult for the FDA and other regulatory agencies to review them all. That means many potentially dangerous models are on store shelves right now.