E-cigarettes may seem like a valuable alternative to traditional cigarettes for many Californians who want to smoke without the destructive side effects. Because they are electronically vaporized, people are not inhaling any of the smoke which is so often blamed for causing cancer and heart disease, and for creating harmful secondhand smoke and pollution. However, e-cigarettes have caused an unsettling number of injuries when units unexpectedly ignite or explode.
Research shared by the Los Angeles Times suggested that e-cigarette batteries that are too hot can explode, leaving the user with extensive injuries. The most common wounds include flame burns, disfiguration, chemical burns, missing teeth, blast wounds and lost tissue. The most common wound sites are:
- 53 percent - groin or upper leg
- 33 percent - hands
- 20 percent - face