Cubbon & Associates
E-cigarettes may be safer, but can pose explosion dangers
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are relatively new to the market. They are meant to replace traditional cigarettes, which can have an adverse effect on one's health. Many smokers believe that using an e-cigarette, also known as vaping, reduces health risks significantly. Experts weigh in on both sides of the coin, with many supporting claims that vaping does reduce the risk of developing lung and heart disease as well as cancer.
Most residents of Ohio are interested anytime they hear of a product that may allow them to continue a habit or a lifestyle in a healthier way. However, as with many things in life, sometimes new and arguably healthier products sound too good to be true. E-cigarettes may indeed reduce disease risks, but they can still be dangerous products.
E-cigs rely on lithium-ion batteries for power. Unfortunately, these batteries have been known to spontaneously explode. In recent years, news outlets have shared many stories about exploding e-cigarettes, some of them reportedly causing users to suffer horrific burn injuries.
Manufacturers still assure the public that these devices are not inherently dangerous products, posing little risk of fire or explosions when they are "used and charged properly." Critics strongly disagree, suggesting that the batteries housed inside of e-cigs pose a general risk to the public.
Those who have suffered injuries due to an exploding e-cig battery often express the need to be made whole again. One of the best ways to start this process is by discussing the incident with a personal injury attorney. This will give victims a clearer idea about the pros and cons of seeking satisfaction through a potential products liability claim.