Millions of people switched to e-cigarettes or "vapes" in recent years to continue delivering nicotine, but with minimal danger to themselves.
Now they are learning that this "safe alternative" can severely burn or poison them.
E-cigarettes are regulated by The Food and Drug Administration - but only when they are sold for therapeutic benefit. For the non-therapeutic user, the e-cigarette is a completely unregulated product. In particular,
the FDA does not regulate the batteries, which are emerging as the root cause of the most serious injuries.