Navy im­poses ban on e-cig­a­rettes

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Laura Kelly

The Navy in­sti­tuted a ban on elec­tronic cig­a­rettes on a num­ber of tran­sient mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions be­cause of the de­vices’ high risk of ex­plo­sion, the mil­i­tary branch said in a state­ment.

Lithium-ion bat­ter­ies have been linked to a num­ber of ex­plo­sions in prod­ucts that in­clude e-cig­a­rettes, cell­phones, com­put­ers and hov­er­boards.

The pro­hi­bi­tion is set to take ef­fect May 14 and will be in­sti­tuted on ships, sub­marines, air­craft, boats and heavy equip­ment.

It ap­plies to sailors, marines, mil­i­tary sealift com­mand civil­ians and any per­son­nel work­ing on or vis­it­ing the above-men­tioned sites.

“Mul­ti­ple Sailors have suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries from these de­vices, to in­clude first- and sec­ond­de­gree burns and fa­cial dis­fig­ure­ment,” the U.S. Fleet Forces wrote in the state­ment.

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