When e-cigarettes were first introduced in 2003, their popularity was incredible. Marketed as a healthier and more portable alternative to traditional cigarettes, there are an estimated 68 million e-cigarette users in 2021, and growing.
The same technology that draws users into e-cigarette use is the one that injures them in serious, life-changing ways. E-cigarettes contain a battery-operated power source, an atomizer, and a refillable liquid cartridge. This design is highly sensitive and often poorly constructed and often causes burns or possible explosions. Cheap mass production, major design flaws, and temperature variability have all been attributed to causing major burns on users, many of whom have the device directly in their hand or pocket at the time of the explosion—a positioning that makes the injuries all the more severe.