It has become clear in recent years that vaping is the choice of drugs among teens. With this rise in popularity, e-cigarettes have become a trending online purchase. Whether students choose to vape nicotine, marijuana, or only flavors, it requires an e-cigarette.
Teen smoking is an issue in and of itself, but what happens when the danger is no longer internal, but external?
Over the past few months, there has been an alarming increase in the number of e-cig explosions. These battery powered devices have become ticking time bombs causing serious injuries, and even in one instance, death.
Back in May 2018, Tallmadge D’Elia, a 38 year old man from St. Petersburg, Florida was found in his home after responders responded to a fire alarm. D’Elia was found with severe wounds to the upper lip and skull. The autopsy showed that he was killed by a projectile, later identified as a component of an e-cigarette.
In another incident, a Southern California mother and her 18-month old baby were badly burned by an e-cig explosion. These incidents are occurring more often without much regulation.
What causes the explosion?
Every incident provides a different piece of evidence, but they all seem to point to one culprit; the lithium-ion battery. Every e-cigarette is equipped with a lithium-ion battery. Often, the explosion occurs while the user is either using the device or charging it.
Overcharging of any device that contains a lithium-ion battery is incredibly unsafe and potentially lethal. In other cases, it has been reported that explosions occur due to the misuse, or swapping of chargers.
With the popularity of vaping rising among teens and young adults, we can only assume that these incidents have and still may involve them. These dangers are not well known, and the information is often not spread wide enough. Without proper knowledge of the risks of vaping, they may be forced to learn through their mistakes. Certain mistakes like these can be fatal.
While fear may not be the best tactic in informing the youth about potential dangers, the truth cannot be denied or withheld. It is important for teens to understand that vaping is not a healthy alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. Yet, with the ever-growing danger of e-cigarette usage, vaping is become more deadly by the day.