April 24, 2017: After a series of accidents and injuries aboard Navy vessels, the Navy has announced it will stop allowing sailors to bring and use electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), personal vaporizers, and vape pens aboard it’s ships. The ban includes all submarines, aircraft, and boats.
In a release the Navy noted that 15 accidents occurred between October 2015 and June 2016, a rate of two per month. The risks of an exploding vape pen include not just injury to the sailor, but a risk of fire aboard a vessel.
In 9 of the 15 cases, the battery or mod device did not merely catch fire but was described as “explosive”. In 2 cases the explosion occurred while a vape pen was in a sailors mouth, resulting in dental and facial injuries.