COLUMBIA, SC--(Marketwired - November 17, 2016) - In the face of growing concerns about e-cigarette safety and a number of medical facilities reporting injuries due to exploding e-cigarette batteries, one South Carolina attorney is calling for greater consumer protection for users of these devices.
"Exploding e-cigarettes have caused users serious burns, disfigurement and other costly injuries," said Bert Louthian of Louthian Law Firm P.A. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that nearly four percent of adults regularly use e-cigarettes. With an increase in the popularity of these devices, comes the responsibility to ensure the safety of e-cig users."
At least 134 reports of explosions, overheating and fires related to e-cigarettes have been made since 2009, according to the Wall Street Journal. E-cigarette review and news site eCig One has discovered reports of over 180 e-cig explosions.
Louthian said that this issue should be of great concern to both users and e-cigarette business owners. While many in the industry feel under siege by the regulatory uncertainty hovering over the e-cigarette industry, everyone can agree that users should be as safe as possible, he said.
"Nobody wants to see people injured by these devices," Louthian said. "It's bad for stores that sell e-cigarettes. It's bad for the industry as a whole. Most importantly, it's bad for consumers. We have to make sure that these products are safe before they hit the market. The fact that this isn't being done has put us in a situation that should be considered a consumer protection crisis."
According to NBC News, facilities like the University of Colorado Hospital Burn Center and the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle have noted an increase in the number of injuries caused by exploding e-cigarette batteries. North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals have reported treating 10 patients with injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes since the beginning of 2016.
Many of the explosions come from the use of lithium-ion batteries, which have also caused issues in cell-phones, laptops and hover boards.
There are many questions about why these batteries are exploding, Louthian said. He asks if it is a case of consumers not being told by manufacturers the importance of using the appropriate charger, or if they are defective in other ways.
"The truth is we don't even know the depths of this problem because there is inadequate oversight, but it's clear that it is incredibly serious," Louthian said. "Medical facilities that treat injured e-cigarette users are sounding the alarm. It's time we heed their calls."
About the Louthian Law Firm:
Bert Louthian practices law in Columbia, South Carolina. Along with his father, Herb, they provide representation to those who have been injured due to someone else's negligence. Learn more about Louthian Law Firm P.A. by visiting http://www.louthianlaw.com/
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