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FDA Probes Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries

By on January 3, 2017

In this April 23, 2014 file photo, E-cigarettes appear on display at Vape store in Chicago. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is increasing the heat on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that explode and catch fire, injuring users. The New York Democrat calls e-cigarettes "ticking time bombs." (Nam Y. Huh, File/AP)

In this April 23, 2014 file photo, E-cigarettes appear on display at Vape store in Chicago.  (Nam Y. Huh, File/AP)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is probing the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes, following dozens of reports of devices that have combusted, overheated or caught fire and sometimes injured users.

The agency announced a two-day public meeting for April, according to an online posting.

The Associated Press reported last month that 66 explosions were identified by the FDA in 2015 and early 2016.

E-cigarettes are hand-held devices that vaporize liquid nicotine. Their safety has not been extensively studied and there’s no scientific consensus on whether they help reduce rates of cigarette smoking.

Last year the FDA announced it would begin to regulate the fast-growing industry, requiring makers of e-cigarettes to submit their devices and ingredients for review for the first time.

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