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Exploding e-cigs need federal look: Sen. Schumer

Posted at 7:53 PM, Dec 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-18 19:53:31-05

NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal government needs to figure out why e-cigarette devices and batteries are exploding and catching fire, hurting users.

The New York Democrat on Sunday cited a recent Associated Press story saying the FDA identified about 66 explosions in 2015 and early 2016. The AP story said the numbers kept by the FDA may be an undercount.

Schumer wants the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to figure out the problem. He says with any other product, "serious action would have been taken."

The industry says e-cigarettes are safe when used properly.

The FDA says it's reviewing e-cigarettes.