Exploding e-cigarettes can cause serious burns and blast injuries

Exploding e-cigarettes are causing serious burns and blast injuries, which are becoming a growing public health issue, doctors report.

The US clinicians say that between October last year and June this year, they saw 15 patients with serious wounds to the face (20%), hands (33%) and groin (53%), with injuries including flame burns, chemical burns and blast injuries.

Flame burn injuries from e-cigarettes can require extensive wound care and skin grafting, while exposure to the alkali chemicals from the battery explosion can cause chemical skin burns, they say.