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May 8, 2016: Senator Demands FDA Investigate Rate of Exploding E-Cigarette Injury

Exploding E-Cigarette Injury
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), on May 8, 2016, issued a statement calling attention to the “serious problem involving exploding e-cigarettes, which have caught on fire, and have burned and injured scores of individuals.” This announcement came as a result of the May 5, 2016, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) news release declaring the initiation of new and expanded regulations over the e-cigarette, cigar, and hookah markets.


On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a news release declaring the initiation of new regulations over the e-cigarette, cigar, and hookah markets. This new release announces that e-cigarettes will from that point onward be subject to the same authority granted over traditional cigarettes detailed in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

One new regulation includes: no tobacco products to be sold to persons under the age of 18 years (both in person and online). Additionally, this law will be enforced by requiring age verification by photo ID at the time of purchase. These rules will be applied by August 5, 2016.

Atleast Four New Yorkers Suffer an Exploding E- Cigarette Injury

The Senator said that over the past few weeks, at least four New Yorkers who suffered an exploding e-cigarette injury. Schumer citing the following events of exploding e-cigarette injury:

  • An e-cigarette exploded in the face of a 14-year old Brooklyn boy; the boy is now blind in his left eye
  • A Queens woman was badly injured when a e-cigarette’s battery suddenly exploded in her pants pocket while behind the wheel of her car; she suffered third-degree burns
  • A Long Island, Malverne resident was burned when an e-cigarette battery burst into flames in his pocket

  • A 17-year old Ogden resident was hospitalized when his e-cigarette exploded in his face; he suffered burning his face, hands, and throat.

Catalyzed by these events combined with the FDA Announcement, Schumer called upon the FDA “to investigate exploding e-cigarettes and determine what, if any, actions might be required to prevent these explosions from occurring.”

Shumer Calls For FDA to Investigation Rates of Exploding E- Cigarette Injury

The New York Senator made a firm statement to the public regarding the FDA’s responsibility after the new regulation of e-cigarette had been put in place. “It’s bad enough that e-cigarettes cause nicotine addiction and may be dangerous to a person’s health, but now it seems they’re doubling as a ticking time bomb,” said Senator Schumer, “Now that the FDA has asserted full regulatory oversight over e-cigarettes, the agency should use this authority to investigate whether these repeated explosions require a recall or more warnings.”

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