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February 27th, 2016:

Florida woman’s e-cig explodes, causes fire in car

A Florida woman is recovering Saturday after an e-cigarette exploded and caused her car to go up in flames.

Cassandra Koziol said she was sitting in her car and pushed the button on her e-cig to get a puff of smoke. That when it exploded and set the car on fire.

“I felt an impact in my face,” Koziol said. “I let go and I saw sparks fly off into the passenger side.”

Koziol has severe burns and lost two teeth as a result of the fire.

She said she never had any problems with e-cigarettes until Friday night and still doesn’t know what caused it to explode

Lad horrifically burned after e-cig bursts into ‘exploding firework’

A BLOKE ended up with second and third degree burns when his e-cig exploded.

NASTY: Alex suffered serious burns to body when the device set alight

NASTY: Alex suffered serious burns to body when the device set alight

Alex Stojadinovic, 26, was severely scorched on his hands and legs when the device combusted as he was in his car.

Alex, a social worker from Bedford, said that his device burst into a “foot long fire” and left him with second and third degree burns to his legs and hands.

“I couldn’t feel my left hand, my trousers were melted to my leg. I was black on my leg and hand,” says Alex.

He was hospitalised for a week and required skin grafts to help repair some of the damage caused.

BURNED: Alex's injuries

BURNED: Alex’s injuries

The horrific incident occurred after Alex was having an evening out with a service user who suffers from Down’s Syndrome.

It was cold so the pair jumped straight in the car, meaning Alex left the e-cig in his pocket rather than taking it out as he usually does.

But as Alex began to drive away, the e-cig exploded.

“We exit the car park and within five minutes I hear a very, very loud hiss coming from my pocket,” says Alex.


PAINFUL: Alex had painful burns all over his legs

“As I look down, it literally burst into a flame and went into a foot-long fire almost like a flare.

“I’m driving at this point and I somehow managed to pull my car over with my right hand but as I was doing that, I tried grab it out with my left,” he added.

At this point, Alex says he didn’t feel any pain and began to drive to the hospital with his worried friend.

He was transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks, to be seen by a specialist burns unit.

Luckily he is now making a recovery.

Earlier this week, another bloke was out shopping when an e-cig battery exploded in his pocket.

He was also rushed to hospital with serious burns to his leg.

Thai tobacco maker plans cheap cigarettes to offset new tax

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s state tobacco company said Saturday that it would launch a new, cheaper brand of cigarettes to keep smokers from rolling their own or buying illegally imported untaxed ones due to higher prices from a recently imposed tax hike.

The plan announced by the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly was denounced by anti-smoking activists who just weeks ago applauded the tax hike as a useful deterrent to smoking.

Daonoi Suttiniphapunt, director of Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, said the new brand, which will be slightly smaller in diameter than standard brands, will cost about 40 baht ($1.12) a pack and be launched on April 1. Other brands now range from about 48 to 130 baht ($1.34 to $3.64) a pack, she said.

“We are concerned that smokers will choose other alternatives that will severely harm their bodies, such as low-quality hand-rolling tobacco,” she said in a telephone interview. “They don’t use good quality material, they use no filters and there is a lot more residue. … They might put filters in, but in the process … there is usually more residue such as tar and nicotine than in legal cigarettes.”

According to Daonoi, there are 10.5 to 11 million smokers in Thailand.

“Those who have financial limitations, they will go to cheaper and low-quality products because they have no choice,” she said. “Quitting cigarettes is not easy.”

Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, a program director for the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, scoffed at the reasoning for producing cheaper cigarettes.

“All tobacco products are harmful to health regardless of their form or source, whether roll-your-own or manufactured cigarettes, whether legal or illicit,” he said in an email. “It is a farce to believe that tobacco companies are interested in protecting the health of smokers by promoting the access and use of cheap legal cigarettes.”

“Producing cheap cigarettes that are affordable to the poor and the young is a strategy common to all tobacco manufacturers, whether private or state-owned, to keep tobacco products affordable in order to keep poor people addicted, entice young people to start smoking, and ultimately to maintain industry profits,” he said.

His organization previously praised Thai authorities for increasing the price of domestically produced cigarettes this month by 5 to 10 baht (14 to 28 cents), saying it was a good example of trying to improve public health through tax policy.

TTM’s Daonoi said that after the recent tax hike of about 3 percent, tobacco sales fell and the market size shrank by more than 2 percent.