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Various safety concerns have come up regarding electronic cigarettes. This includes concerns over the possibility of such devices exploding or suffering other serious failures. The high level these concerns have reached can be seen in a recent action the U.S. Navy has decided to take.

The Navy recently announced that it will be banning e-cigarettes aboard its ships and other vessels. The ban will also extend to Navy aircraft and heavy equipment. The ban will not just apply to Sailors, but to a range of other people who can end up visiting or working on such vessels. As a note, this ban will not extend to on-shore naval installations, like bases. The ban is set to go into effect on May 14.

The announcement of this ban comes after reports of various “mishaps” regarding e-cigarettes in the Navy. Reportedly, fifteen such incidents happened in the period going from October 2015 to mid-June 2016. Purportedly, property damage and injuries to Navy personnel came out of these incidents. Over half of the mishaps happened on Navy aircraft or vessels. Additionally, over half of the mishaps were reported as being “explosive” in nature.

The Navy has said that the aim of the ban is to protect Navy personnel and equipment.

Of course, Navy vessels are not the only place where an e-cigarette explosion or device failure could cause significant harm. There are all sorts of situations in which an e-cigarette user could suffer substantial injuries from such an event. When a person has been harmed by an e-cigarette explosion or similar event, they may want to go to a skilled personal injury attorney for an assessment of their situation, rights and options.

Source: NPR, “Navy Tells Sailors To Leave The E-Cigarette On Shore,” Merrit Kennedy, April 14, 2017

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