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E-cigarette safety concerns after charger explosion

E-cigarettes are more popular than ever before, with an estimated two million people in the UK now calling themselves not smokers, but 'vapers'. Their usage has trebled in the last two years and they are hailed, by some, as a miracle cure for those wishing to kick the habit of smoking.

But there are fresh concerns over the safety of the devices after a woman from Tenby was left with serious burns from a fire caused by her e-cigarette that was on charge overnight.

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Health Minister: 'E-cigarettes could normalise smoking behaviour'

Wales' Health Minister Mark Drakeford will introduce a White Paper later, setting out a number of new law proposals to tackle some of Wales' major public health challenges.

His proposals include a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit, and a restriction on the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

Alcohol and tobacco contribute to many life-threatening illnesses and are major causes of persistent inequalities in health.

There is indisputable evidence that the price of alcohol matters. It's no coincidence that as the affordability of alcohol has increased substantially, so has alcohol-related disease. A minimum unit price will make a strong contribution to preventing alcohol overuse and misuse and reducing alcohol-related illnesses.

I have concerns about the impact of e-cigarettes on the enforcement of Wales' smoking ban. That's why we are proposing restricting their use in enclosed public places.

I am also concerned that their use in enclosed places could normalise smoking behaviour. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and I want to minimise the risk of a new generation becoming addicted to this drug.

– Mark Drakeford, Health Minister for Wales

Advice issued to e-cigarette users after minor fires

Advice has been issued to e-cigarette users after reports of several devices exploding while charging, causing minor fires.

  • Never leave e-cigarettes on charge unattended for long periods
  • Do not mix components of different e-cigarettes
  • Only use the charger supplied
  • Ensure you purchase your e-cigarette from a reputable source
  • Test your smoke alarm regularly
  • Contact Trading Standards over any e-cigarette safety concerns

Fire crews: E-cigarettes linked to 'number of incidents'

South Wales Fire & Rescue crews say e-cigarettes have been linked to a 'number of incidents' across the UK.

Research has shown that a number of incidents have occurred across the UK in recent months and South Wales Fire & Rescue Service encourages users to read the advice given on the safety leaflet provided with these products to reduce the risk of this happening.

– Phil Pinches, South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Warning issued to public over 'exploding e-cigarettes'

A warning has been issued about the potential dangers of leaving e-cigarettes charging unattended Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Users of electronic cigarettes are being warned of the potential danger of the devices exploding while charging, following several minor fires across the UK.

Fire crews in South Wales have highlighted two recent incidents where the batteries from the e-cigarettes had exploded, travelling up to two metres across the room before landing on a carpet and catching fire.

Both incidents happened as the e-cigarettes were being charged.

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service said on each occasion the small fire was immediately extinguished, but is now warning people not to leave their e-cigarettes charging unattended.

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Doctors urge e-cigarette regulation

Doctors leaders in Wales are calling for tighter regulation of electronic cigarettes as they become more popular among consumers.

The devices, which can contain nicotine, have been credited with stopping thousands of people from smoking.

And they are now powering a big growth in the number of e-cigarette shops in communities right across Wales.But the BMA here says more evidence is needed to show how effective they are.

They want them to be banned in the workplace and public spaces including hospitals and clinics. Rob Osborne reports.

E-cigarettes: your views

We've been asking for your views on e-cigarettes, as the BMA calls for greater regulation on the devices.

Here are a few of your opinions:

It didn't work for me, but I know several people who have successfully given up smoking using one of these. Is the threat of a ban due to the government not getting any taxes out of the sales, because i've not seen any medical reasons why they should be banned as yet.

– Jan Lush

Why are smokers constantly being penalised? I agree on banning ordinary cigarettes in public places , so a company comes up with a product that helps people to give up smoking & now that's being criticised too?

– Becci-Louise Powell

All cigarettes should be banned because they do more harm than good and can cause health problems in later life. I wish people thought more about their priorities rather than taking drugs and drinking alcohol and killing themselves off to an early grave as a result.

– Emma Cooper
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