Miami and Fort Lauderdale residents will want to tune in to Channel 7 this
evening (Boca residents: Channel 12) to see Attorney John Uustal featured
on Inside Edition to talk about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
Kelley/Uustal has already drafted a complaint and intends to file suit
later this month in a case involving a 21-year-old Naples man who was
severely injured by his e-cigarette. The young man was at home in Naples
when he attempted to use the device, just as he had many times before,
when it exploded with heat and battery acid in his face. He suffered third
degree burns on his face, mouth, neck, and esophagus, and was transported
to Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, where he had surgery and
spent a week in the burn unit. For most of the week he was intubated and
in a medically induced coma.
In the past three years alone, there have been at least 30 cases of e-cigarette
fires/explosions caused mostly by faulty batteries. Kelley/Uustal has
long taken an active stance against the e-cigarette industry, largely
because the long-term effects of the devices are not well enough understood
to be considered a “safe” alternative to cigarettes. Now,
with the added danger of e-cigarettes catching fire or exploding during
charging or use, there is even more reason to avoid them.
Millions of people worldwide use e-cigarettes. If they are going to be
touted as safer alternatives to cigarettes, then a full safety investigation
of explosion incidents is needed and government regulation is a must.
FOX (Channel 7) M-F 7:00 PM and 12:00 AM
West Palm Beach WPEC
CBS (Channel 12) M-F 7:30 PM