Vaping isn’t as publicly reviled as smoking is, but it’s not any healthier, according to a number of studies on the hot (or steamy, if you prefer) topic. It seems like everyone wants to make fun of vaping, which is totally fine—but there are actual risks that come along with inhaling anything that contains carcinogens.
And don’t forget that vaping devices, e-cigarettes, or vape pens (whatever you want to call them) carry a real risk of exploding… and that can happen while people are actively using them.
A New Jersey woman’s handbag exploded when she was shopping at the mall in early September, thanks to her e-cigarette bursting.
The woman wasn’t hurt when her purse became engulfed in flames, but many people have been seriously injured. A man in Albany was badly burned thanks to the lithium-ion battery that powers the device as it vaporizes nicotine, and a NYC teen’s eyes—both of them—were seriously injured (one is now blind) as he tried out an e-cigarette in a store.
The li-ion batteries are prone to overheating, particularly because of the shape of the e-cigarette devices and their flammable contents. When the solution inside the battery becomes overheated, it quickly reaches its boiling point; then it expands quickly and catches on fire. With an e-cigarette, the resulting explosion can turn the device into a missile, injuring everyone in its path.
While li-ion batteries in cell phones and laptops can also explode, they’re typically outfitted with rigid plastic cases (just don’t ask about the Samsung Note 7, which has been completely recalled) that prevent explosions from causing severe damage.
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