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Child Burned after E-Cigarette Explosion

David Turnbull3 years ago

Due to an e-cigarette explosion, 3-year-old Khonor Barlow suffered first and second degree burns after his car seat caught fire, according to the Daily Mail.

Hot Coil Ejects from E-Cigarette Lighting Car Seat on Fire

  • According to the article, the e-cigarette was charging in the car when a white hot coil ejected from the device and landed on Khonor's car seat.
  • The car seat caught fire resulting in the in the child suffering second degree burns along his lower back and elbow.
  • When the boy's mother attempted to smother out the flames, her clothing caught fire. Fortunately, she was finally able to suppress the fire by pouring her iced coffee over it.

Marketing Tactics Aimed Towards Children

  • In the U.S. alone, 3.5 million people use e-cigarettes according to the Tobacco Vapor Electric Cigarette Association.  
  • One tobacco industry analyst from Wells Fargo Securites states that Americans are estimated to spend $1.7 billion on e-cigarettes in 2013. 
  • According to Daily Finance, e-cigarettes are being marketed towards youths by companies such as Blu that use cartoon characters like “Mr. Cool” in order to market the benefits of electronic cigarettes. 
  • With the rate of U.S. high school students that have used cigarettes rising to 10 percent from 5 percent in the past year according to the Center for Disease Control, public health authorities are concerned with the marketing tactics towards consumers such as offering flavors like mint, bubblegum, cotton candy and strawberry. 
  • Senator Richard Blumenthal claims that there is a “clear intent [by the industry] to creat[e] a new generation of smokers.”
E-Cigarettes Pose Similar Health Risk to Lungs as Traditional Tobacco Products
  • According to a study from the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health, air constriction and blockage in lungs was found in 30 “healthy” smokers after five minutes of use, which implies that there could be major health implications in the long run. 
  • Although the CEO of E-Cigarettes states that the products get rid of second and third hand smoke and contain five FDA approved ingredients, the FDA maintains that the product may contain harmful ingredients and other unsafe substances as well as increase nicotine addiction among youth. 
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also states that cigarettes, being the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S., kill 443,000 people every year with an estimated 10 percent of those deaths from second hand smoke.
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