Following the FDA announcing it has full authority to regulate e-cigarettes, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned about a serious problem involving exploding e-cigarettes, which have caught on fire, and have burned and injured individuals in New York.
Schumer said that over the past few weeks, at least four New Yorkers, including two teens, have been seriously injured by exploding e-cigarettes. Despite these dangers, there have been no product recalls or new defective warnings issued on e-cigarette products.
Schumer now wants the FDA to investigate exploding e-cigarettes and determine what, if any, actions might be required to prevent these explosions from occurring.
“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.”
Schumer said that because e-cigarettes were not regulated until this past week, potential dangers could have flown under the radar. He added that the FDA should require a recall if their investigation concludes a serious pattern that endangers consumers.