The demand for disposable batteries continues to grow in the U.S., and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries represent much of that growth, based on Packaged Facts recent market survey. The $4.5 million industry experienced more than a two percent increase in sales from 2014 to 2015.
David Sprinkle, Packaged Facts’ research director, attributes the batteries’ growing demand to triple-digit growth of e-cigarette use during the last decade. The e-cigarette gained traction when it was hyped as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Regardless of such arguments’ veracity, it is clear that the product and its lithium-ion battery have a high risk of exploding.
Beasley Allen has reported the link between lithium-ion batteries and countless exploding devices including smart phones, hoverboards, laptop computers and tablets. It also noted a 2014 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency study suggesting these batteries may be even more susceptible to explosion when used to power e-cigarettes. Moreover, recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data confirmed a rise in the number of electronic smoking device explosions, according to Righting Injustice.
Victims suffering from e-cigarette explosions confirm the danger as they recount grisly details of their catastrophic incidents. A Massachusetts man recently joined the growing list of exploding e-cigarette victims. His employer captured the incident on video and told the Daily Mail the victim required 12 stitches in his face.
Last year, the FDA assumed regulatory authority over e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. Until then, manufacturers could dodge health and safety regulations as well as industry-wide standardization. As the agency increases oversight efforts of this industry, the onus is still on consumers to protect themselves.
Medical professionals, including Consumer Reports chief medical adviser Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., advise adult consumers to “use the devices with great caution, if at all.”
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If you would like more information about lithium-ion batteries, you can contact Will Sutton, a lawyer in Toxic Torts Section. He can be reached at 800-898-2034 or by email at William.Sutton@beasleyallen.com.