FDA Hosts Workshop Over Exploding E-Cigarettes
If you are considering quitting smoking traditional cigarettes by buying e-cigarettes, you might want to think again.
Smoking electronic cigarettes is also known as ‘vaping.’ While there are big question marks about any health benefits over traditional cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration is looking at instances of exploding e-cigarettes that caused serious injuries.
The FDA announced it will set up a workshop to look at the dangers of e-cigarettes, CNN reported.
From 2009 to January 2016, the FDA identified 134 US cases of e-cigarette batteries overheating, catching on fire or exploding.
The FDA will host a public workshop in April to look at the concerns inherent in e-cigarettes.
The event at the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products will feature scientific and medical experts, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, government agencies, academic experts and public health organizations.
Michael Felberbaum, a spokesman for the FDA, said:
"We remain concerned about the adverse events associated with the use of these products as reported in the news.”
Last year, the FDA announced it would regulate e-cigarettes the same way as it regulates traditional tobacco products.
The 134 incidents of exploding e-cigarettes have left more than 50 people injured.
In 2016, a jury in California awarded $1.9 million to a woman who was seriously burned by an e-cigarette. Jennifer Ries sued VapCigs, a distributor, the wholesaler La Verne Car Wash Inc., and The Tobacco Expo, a store.
The battery of the e-cigarette exploded as the woman charge it in her car, sending metal shrapnel flying through the air and setting fire to her seat and dress. She received second-degree burns to her legs, buttocks and hands.
Last year, an e-cigarette exploded in the pocket of an employee at a New York City wine store.
Otis Gooding, 31, suffered burns to his leg, thigh and hand, his attorney said.
Some events associated with e-cigarettes resulted in life-threatening injury, permanent disability or disfigurement, the authors of a scientific report on the incidents from the Center for Tobacco Products state. Many other incidents have gone unreported.
The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association told CNN the problem was not the cigarettes themselves but an issue with some batteries.
The association maintains retailers are failing to tell buyers they should not be carrying powerful batteries in their pockets along with metal objects.
Use of e-cigarettes is popular with younger people. More than one in 10 people have tried one, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you have been injured by an e-cigarette, we would like to hear from you. You may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a manufacturer, a distributor or a retailer. Call us at (757) 455-0077.