September 25th, 2013
02:35 PM ET

E-Cigarette Explodes, Burns Boy

Forty state attorneys general have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes. This petition comes after several disturbing incidents involving the nicotine alternatives.

One mother in Utah says she was charging her e-cigarette when suddenly it exploded and burned her three-year-old son. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Kinzie Barlow says her son Khonor suffered first and second degree burns but is expected to make a full recovery.

That doesn't negate from the scary experience.

Barlow says, "Seeing your child on fire and them screaming help me is pretty terrifying."

Industry experts say e-cigarette sales are poised to rake in 1.7 bilion dollars from an estimated four million users, though safety experts say this incident and others like it are troubling. 


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  1. Ecigsopedia

    Electronic cigarettes are much healthier option than tobaco cigarettes.

    July 20, 2014 at 11:20 am | Reply
  2. Aron

    Debbie, let Big Tobacco Companies invest in this alternative. Why not? Look at how many people die each year from smoking & inhaling tar into their lungs and look at how many people get healthier each year by switching to inhaling low-temperature steam. And the base is not the toxic antifreeze you're thinking of; it's a chemical that's found in a lot of the foods we eat and has been used in medicine for over 50 years. Propylene glycol is actually used as an ethylene glycol alternative so that companies can label their antifreeze as "non-toxic", which can then be used in such areas like the food industry.

    December 3, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
  3. Debbie

    E-Cigarettes are just another way for Big Tobacco Companies to get people addicted to nicotine. And by the way the "base" in the ingredients is anti-freeze, that's great. They don't like people to know that.

    November 13, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  4. electronic cigarette

    I know several people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking, and unofficially my doctor thinks the idea is wonderful, I’m not so sure, but, there it is.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  5. E-Cigarette Forum

    Electronic cigarettes provide an alternative to traditional tobacco use. E cigarettes are comprised of a liquid mixture that is made up of water, flavoring, nicotine and a base.
    E-Cigarette Forum

    October 11, 2013 at 5:49 am | Reply
  6. johnpeeter00

    the best advantage of Proponents of the e-cigarette say they feel better using the device than they did when they were smoking tobacco cigarettes, and that because the e-cigarette is reusable, it saves them money. Some praise the e-cig for helping them quit smoking

    electronic cigarettes

    October 4, 2013 at 1:54 am | Reply

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