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The Evans Law Firm

December 13, 2016 13:09 ET

Austin Attorney Cautions Consumers that E-Cigarettes Come with Unique Risks

Chip Evans, whose practice includes representation of those harmed by products, warns of reports that explosions linked to electronic cigarettes have resulted in serious injuries

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - December 13, 2016) - Leading Central Texas personal injury lawyer Chip Evans is concerned about products that come with dangerous, unintended consequences. Specifically, rechargeable cigarettes have recently been gaining attention less for their alleged ability to help curb nicotine addiction than for their tendency to explode. Originally projected by Bloomberg Industries to outsell traditional tobacco cigarettes by the year 2023, these popular vaporizers have been implicated in numerous fiery incidents across the country.

"The use of rechargeable batteries has grown exponentially since the rise of portable devices," observed Evans. "From cell phones to tablets, laptops to cordless screwdrivers, Americans are increasingly plugged in. The explosions tied to charging vaping products is a good reminder not to let our guard down. We have to be careful any time electricity is involved."

E-cigs are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which fuel the cartomizers that heat the liquid "e-juice" and transform it into breathable vapor. The batteries can be charged through a variety of methods, including standard electrical outlets, personal charging cases, and USB ports. If charged too quickly (possibly through a power source that was not designed to handle it), the battery can overheat, vaporizing the combustible lithium-ion electrolyte and creating an explosion. Most commonly caused by overcharging, overheating can also stem from short circuiting, internal cell fault, puncturing, and external heat.

"When a battery fails, the e-cigarette's shape and construction can make them behave similarly to pipe bombs or flaming rockets," remarked Evans. "Some vapers have been hurt when the devices rupture into pieces. Other individuals have been harmed when flames shoot out of the device. This can happen at any time -- while charging, using, or just plain sitting inert. E-cigarettes have spontaneously burst into flames in people's pockets, melting their clothes to their skin and resulting in serious burns. They have exploded in people's faces leaving them with burns, broken teeth, facial fractures, blindness, broken fingers, and extensive scarring. They have caught fire in people's vehicles, allowing only seconds to react and increasing the likelihood of an accident. The issue is so important that earlier this year, the TSA permanently banned battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices including e-cigarettes, e-cigars, and e-pipes from checked baggage and from being charged or used onboard an aircraft." Evans referred holiday travelers to the TSA's blog for more details.

Evans noted, "Awareness and precautions are the keys for lowering your risk of injury. The single best thing you can do is to only use the charger that came with your e-cigarette to ensure compatibility. Also, don't leave your device unattended while it's charging, and don't leave it charging for extended periods of time. If your e-cigarette does explode, save the evidence, seek medical attention, and contact a product liability attorney."

About the Evans Law Firm
Chip Evans has spent almost two decades protecting the interests of injury and accident victims. He is the owner and lead lawyer at The Evans Law Firm, which has several convenient locations across Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. Known for personalized legal assistance, the firm aims to make each client feel that their case is a priority. For more information or to get help with a potential claim, call 1-855-414-1012.

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