What is an E-Cigarette?
Electronic cigarettes, officially known as “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)” and popularly known as “e-cigarettes,” are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and other chemicals in a flavored vapor instead of smoke.
E-cigarettes, along with other electronic vaporizers, vape pens, and hookah pens can be designed to resemble conventional cigarettes, cigars or pipes. In some cases, the devices may look like everyday items or have no resemblance to cigarettes at all.
E-Cigarette Burn Injuries
Despite the popularity of e-cigarettes and electronic vaping devices, injuries associated with e-cigarette burns and explosions reportedly pose a public safety concern.
E-cigarette fires and explosions can happen while someone is carrying the device in their pocket, or while the device is being charged through USB port or wall socket.
Injuries related to e-cigarette explosions include flame burns, chemical burns and blast injuries. E-cigarette explosions have been reportedly responsible for burn and burn-related injuries to the face, hands and groin.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, e-cigarette injuries have led to other complications, including:
- Tooth loss
- Traumatic tattooing
- Extensive loss of soft tissue
- Extensive wound care
- Skin grafts
- Chemical skin burns
As a result of these injuries, patients sometimes required operations to remove damaged tissue as well as other potential medical care, including plastic surgery, burn care, vocational counseling and psychological therapy.
Other E-Cigarette Risks
Like other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping devices contain nicotine, a naturally occurring alkaloid found in tobacco plants. Nicotine is highly addictive, and at high doses, can be lethal. According to a warning issued by the FDA, the agency “is concerned about the safety” of e-cigarettes and other similar products and “how they are marketed to the public.”
The health effects of e-cigarette liquids are not completely understood. If e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine are ingested, acute toxicity and possible death may occur.
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