Electronic cigarettes are supposed to be the safer way to get your nicotine fix. But old fashioned cigarettes don't explode in your pocket or blow up in your face. And that's what's happening across the country with some e-cigarette batteries.
Thankfully, these mishaps don't happen very often, but when an e-cigarette battery malfunctions, the injuries can be horrendous — burns on the hands and face, fractured bones and loss of eyesight.
"It's literally an explosion, a super-hot explosion," said Dr. Anne Wagner of the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Burn Center, where they've treated six people seriously injured by e-cigarettes since the beginning of the year. "We're seeing deep third-degree burns and almost all of them require skin grafts and these grafts leave a significant scar."