When a lithium-ion battery in an e-cigarette or vape pen fails, the shape and construction of the devices can make them behave like “flaming rockets,” according to The U.S. Fire Administration. Exploding vape pens have been responsible for burn injures, broken teeth, shattered jaws and, in at least one case, death. (Credit: Tibanna79/Shutterstock.com) When a lithium-ion battery in an e-cigarette or vape pen fails, the shape and construction of the devices can make them behave like “flaming rockets,” according to The U.S. Fire Administration. Exploding vape pens have been responsible for burn injures, broken teeth, shattered jaws and, in at least one case, death. (Credit: Tibanna79/Shutterstock.com)

E-cigarettes or “vape pens,” battery-powered devices which produce an aerosol or vapor, have been on the market since 2003 but have become widely used in recent years, according to the American Heart Association.

A study released by the CDC in September 2020 concluded that sales of e-cigarettes increased by 122.2% between September 2014 and May 2020, from 7.7 million to 17.1 million units sold over a four-week interval. That same study also revealed that e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youths since 2014.

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