Electronic cigarettes have come under the spotlight for the potential to explode in the face of their users, according to a report by BuzzFeed.
The report focussed on several US cases in which e-cigarette users – also known as vapers – were seriously injured as a result of faulty devices.
One users lost an eye, while another had his teeth smashed from his gums due to an exploding device.
“An unpublished FDA analysis found 66 reports of e-cigarette overheating, fires, and explosions in 2015 and the first month of 2016, a number the agency calls an underestimate of actual events,” stated BuzzFeed.
The e-cigarette industry has grown rapidly in recent years, stated the report, with claimed health benefits over traditional cigarettes a strong selling point.