Navy Bans E-Cigs After Series of 'Mishaps'

Multiple sailors have been injured by exploding e-cigarettes
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2017 1:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Navy has issued a partial ban on vaping after a series of what it characterizes as "mishaps," NPR reports. According to the Hill, there were 15 incidents involving e-cigarettes between October 2015 and June 2016. Eight of those incidents happened aboard vessels or aircraft, and two involved e-cigarettes exploding while actually in the mouths of sailors. The Navy says "multiple" sailors have been injured by exploding e-cigarettes, including some who've suffered first-degree burns and facial disfigurement. In addition to sailors, the ban—which bars anyone from possessing or using e-cigs on Navy crafts—is meant "to protect the ships, submarines, aircraft, and equipment." The ban goes into effect May 14 and doesn't affect vaping while on shore. (Read more vaping stories.)

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