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Massachusetts Man Says Vape Pen ‘Exploded’ in Pocket, Leaving Leg Completely ‘Scorched’

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

A Massachusetts man ended up in the hospital with burns from a fire that occurred in his car when his vaping pen batteries exploded. He was driving at the time, and he suffered first- and second-degree burns to his leg, as well as acid burns from the lithium batteries, according to Fox News. Horrific as it sounds, his isn’t the only case on record: A U.S. Fire Administration report said there were 195 similar cases in 2017, and 61 of them occurred while the device was in someone’s pocket.

Besides the dangers of lithium batteries — which are already infamous for exploding in computers — it’s no secret that vaping poses enough other dangers to your health that you would want to think twice before trying it. Manufacturers want you to believe that e-cigs don’t expose you to the toxins that regular cigarettes do, but it just not the truth.

In some ways, these man-made tobacco alternatives are just as dangerous to your health as regular cigarettes, but may have different consequences. For example, recent research demonstrates vapor and aerosol samples from e-cigarette liquid may release heavy metals that not only harm the person doing the vaping, but bystanders as well.

Heavy metal concentrations were also higher in devices where the owners frequently change the coils. Of the different metals measured in the aerosol, lead, nickel, chromium and manganese were most concerning as they are highly toxic when inhaled.

Not only that, air sample analysis revealed toxic metal content in the air from e-cigarette secondhand smoke was much higher than regular cigarette smoke — meaning being around someone who vapes could be possibly be worse than being near a regular cigarette smoker.

To that end, in a study commissioned by Japan's Health Ministry, researchers found acetaldehyde and formaldehyde in the vapor produced by several types of e-cig devices. At least one brand had more than 10 times the level of carcinogens found in a traditional cigarette. To make matters worse, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has detected the antifreeze chemical diethylene glycol in e-cigarette cartridges, which is linked to cancer.

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