A Florida man suffered severe burns on his face, throat and lungs and was placed into a medically induced coma after his electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth. Evan Spahlinger has filed suit against the manufacturer of his e-cigarette and the company that sold it to him.
The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade, alleges that the devices, which deliver vaporized nicotine through a heated liquid solution, claim to be a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, the lawsuit claims the product caused Spahlinger permanent injuries and “unimaginable mental anguish.”
Spahlinger says he purchased the “Rig Mod V.2” e-cigarette from the Vaping Station in Naples, Fla., in July. The e-cigarette was manufactured by San Diego-based VapeAMP. Three months after purchasing the product, the e-cigarette “exploded into flames in his face, causing him to inhale flames, smoke and scorching hot air,” causing his esophagus and lungs to swell from internal burns, his lawsuit claims. Spahlinger was placed in a medically induced coma while he recovered.
Not only has the popularity of e-cigarettes increased in recent years, so have concerns over health and fire risks with the devices. The fire issue has prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban e-cigarettes from checked bags on airplanes. There have been a number of incidents in this country where the e-cigarettes exploded.
Source: Miami Herald
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