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First case of wrongful death from vape pen explosion

The vaping sensation has taken off in recent years Many smokers consider e-cigarettes and vape pens to be a healthier alternative to cigarettes. Vaping allows the absorption of nicotine into the body without the harmful effects of breathing smoke into the lungs.

While these benefits may be true, vaping doesn’t come without its own risks. One growing safety concern is the potential for e-cigarettes and vape pens to combust and explode. There have been numerous reports of e-cigarettes and vape pens suddenly exploding when in an individual’s pocket or while in use—often resulting in severe burns to the face or body as well as hospitalization.

Earlier this month, a man in Florida suffered the first known death from a vape pen explosion. The man was vaping in his home, when the pen exploded in his face. The pen then ignited other flammable material in the home, resulting in a fatal house fire.

What is causing this problem?

Vape pens and e-cigarettes contain lithium ion batteries, which can overheat and explode—even when they are not in use. Such batteries can overheat if they sustain damage, have an internal short circuit or if they are charged using the wrong charger. In many cases, such batteries can be defective and susceptible to overheating without the owner even being aware of it.

Trending upward

Disturbingly, the frequency of e-cigarette fires and explosions is on the rise. In 2014, there were only 14 such incidents reported in the U.S. By 2016, that number climbed to 98—which follows a parallel upward trend in e-cigarette sales in the country.

If you or someone you know suffered injury or death due to a defective vaping product, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to seek compensation for your suffering.

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