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Burns Trauma. 2016 Dec 12;4:35. eCollection 2016.

Burns resulting from spontaneous combustion of electronic cigarettes: a case series.

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Division of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA USA.
Division of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA USA ; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Regional Burn Center, 751 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128 USA.



Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) sales have grown rapidly in recent years, coinciding with a public perception that they are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, there have been numerous media reports of fires associated with e-cigarette spontaneous combustion.


Three severe burns caused by spontaneous combustion of e-cigarettes within a 6-month period were treated at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Burn Unit. Patients sustained partial and full-thickness burns. Two required hospitalization and surgical treatment.


E-cigarettes are dangerous devices and have the potential to cause significant burns. Consumers and the general public should be made aware of these life-threatening devices.


Burn; E-cig; E-cigarette; Electronic cigarettes

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