Navy imposes ban on e-cigarettes
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.