Electronic cigarettes or “vapes” have been banned on U.S. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft, boats and heavy equipment after multiple reports of battery fires and explosions.
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What’s the Problem?
April 18, 2017 – The ban took effect on Friday, and applies to all military and civilian personnel. The use of e-cigarettes will still be allowed on bases, but only in designated smoking areas, according to Navy Times.
There were at least 15 incidents related to the devices from October 2015 to June 15, 2016, which resulted in either injuries or damage. The ban will remain in effect until a risk analysis is complete.
“Eight of these incidents occurred onboard Naval vessels/aircraft,” the Navy said. “Nine of 15 reported incidents described the failure mechanism as explosive. … Two battery explosions occurred with the electronic cigarette in the service member’s mouth resulting in facial and dental injuries.”
An article in Sea Compass described the cases of 2 Navy sailors whose e-cigarette batteries exploded. One suffered first-degree burns, while the other’s car was destroyed by the fire.
“Imagine what would have happened if the batteries had exploded while in their home, the barracks or even onboard their ship,” the article says. “The loss of property and potential loss of life could have been catastrophic.”
FDA announced last year that it would start to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes and vapes. The Associated Press reported in December that the FDA had identified at least 66 e-cigarette explosions between 2015 and early 2016. The batteries overheated, caught fire or blew up, according to the AP.
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