FDA Workshop to Look into Exploding E-Cigarettes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will host a public workshop in April to gather information and “stimulate discussion” about serious safety concerns involving e-cigarette batteries. According to a CNN news report, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products plans to host scientific and medical experts, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, government agencies, academic researchers and public health organizations.
A spokesman for the FDA told CNN that the agency remains concerned about the adverse events associated with the use of these products, particularly the string of explosions that have seriously injured so many across the nation and around the world. Officials hope that the two-day workshop, along with the public docket where anyone can comment, will help further the agency’s understanding of safety concerns involving e-cigarettes. This workshop comes after the FDA’s announcement last year that it would regulate e-cigarettes the same way it regulates traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
More than 50 people have been injured and at least 67 of the incidents involved burn injuries to the victims. Some of the incidents have resulted in life threatening injuries, permanent disfigurement or disability. According to the authors of a scientific report on these incidents from the Center of Tobacco Products, several unreported incidents have also occurred. A number of the explosions occurred in people carrying the batteries or the devices in their pockets.
The workshop in April will also examine communications from tobacco product manufacturers to consumers, distributors and retailers about safety concerns over e-cig batteries. Senator Chuck Schumer last month urged the recall of certain brands of e-cigarettes that have been more prone to exploding. Even as these incidents are being reported every day, the popularity of e-cigarettes is soaring, particularly among young people. A recent surgeon general’s report noted that the use of e-cigarettes among high school students increased by 900 percent from 2011 to 2015.
If You Have Been Injured
E-cigarette explosions have known to cause severe injuries including burns, lacerations, broken bones and scarring. These are injuries that might require ongoing treatment and cosmetic surgery, which might not be covered under health insurance. If you have been injured by one of these defective products, contact an experienced product defect lawyer who will fight for your rights, hold all the at-fault parties accountable and help you receive maximum compensation for your losses.