Transcript for E-Cigarettes Have Potential to Explode Like Firecrackers
Back now at 7:42 with “Gma investigates” and this morning a surprising safety alert. About e-cigarettes. They’ve become a popular alternative for smokers but sometimes can explode like firecrackers, ABC’s Ryan smith is here with the story. Good morning to you, Ryan. Good morning, Lara. Millions are using e-cigarettes and those Numbers are growing but vapors and those around need to beware because they’re leaving some with serious injuries. E-cigarettes erupting in flames. Burning mattresses. This one even skyrocketing into the ceiling. I’m freaking out. I just had an electronic cigarette blow up in my hand. Yeah, my hand is burned pretty bad. Reporter: Sales of this tobacco replacement more than doubled from 2012 to 2013 and are continuing to grow. Nearly 5 million Americans now using e-cigs. The popularity of e-cigarettes is exploding. Reporter: Sometimes literally. I just heard a pop. Reporter: Mike from Texas says he was holding his e-cig at work when this happened. I’m pretty glad that I didn’t have it up to my face. It could have been worth. Reporter: This store specializing this them says these explosions are rare but when they do happen it’s mostly during charging. So you can’t just stick this into any old charging unit. No, that is the biggest issue. Phone chargers come with very high output amperage. This is much smaller than what’s in a phone. Reporter: They urge customers to be educated. Education is probably the most important thing we can have to make sure the customer understands what they could do wrong to make the product dangerous. Reporter: Right now it’s the wild, wild west for e-cigarettes and we’re concerned about this. Reporter: The fda telling “Gma” investigates that it’s getting involved hoping to regulate the health and safety of the product. We are in the middle of a rule-making process. We have a public goal of trying to complete this rule-making by the end of June of this year. Reporter: The fda is also still evaluating the impact e-cigs could have on your health. As to the explosions the smoke-free alternative, while these incidents are taken very seriously, millions of former smokers continue to use these products as intended. Proper care and safety dictate that people use the correct type of charger and follow manufacturer guidelines. In the meantime, they have a simple solution for staying safe. You have a product to guard against it. What is ha. There are protection products that have blast bags. Reporter: To contain a potential explosion. They kind of work the way insurance S you don’t need it until you need it and then it’s too late. Reporter: This is a typical e-cigarette and experts say that you have to be sure to use the charger that comes with the e-cigarette and not your cell phone charger. Also you got to treat it like any other electronic device. Keep it away from water and extreme temperatures. For beginners they’re not just plug and play. You actually should go to the store and talk to an employee that works with these grenades and tell you how to use them. It’s not as simple as it uses. Would you sign these papers for me in the meantime. Yes. Looks like a pen. Small and convenient but — Thank you. Good tips. Thank you very much.
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