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Electronic cigarette explodes in Muskogee woman's hand

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Updated: 4/19/2012 9:59 am Published: 4/18/2012 8:35 pm

Smoking can be hazardous to your health but, in some cases so can trying to quit.

Shona Bear Clark said she had tried to kick her "half a pack a day" habit for some time. She decided to purchase an electronic cigarette from Walmart because friends and family told they had successfully quit smoking using this method.

Shona Bear purchased the OneJoy NJOY electronic cigarette from Walmart on Sunday afternoon and brought it home to give it try. She said the device exploded when she tried to remove it from the package. "It was as loud as firing a gun, but a gun fired right in your face," said Clark.

Clark and her sister-in-law, Lucine Schrimsher, were both in the living room when the explosion happened. Both women said the explosion looked like a white cloud of smoke and was so powerful it knocked a 15 pound salt lamp from the shelf, shattered the light bulb inside of it and knocked a decoration from across the room off of the wall. "It could have blown my head off if it had been in my mouth," said Clark.

Shona Bear said the blast affected the her hearing in her right ear and her vision is off in her left eye. Shona Bear said she warned Walmart about what happened called the NJOY company. The company suggested that she send in the electronic cigarette to be checked out and offered to give her a refund.

The problem may be linked to the battery inside of the device. There have been similar reports of electronic cigarette explosions nationwide. In February, a Florida man lost his front teeth after an electronic cigarette exploded in his face because of a defective rechargable battery.

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db1223 - 6/22/2012 6:21 AM
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I would think you'd look further into a story before making such claims Fox!

db1223 - 6/22/2012 6:21 AM
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I would think you'd look further into a story before making such claims Fox!

db1223 - 6/22/2012 6:18 AM
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Total BS.. Where are her injuries? Just the mention of her eyes gives the real answer..con! It's sad.. I don't buy cheap ecigs but I've looked at what actually can happen..what she claims is impossible! I smoked for almost 30 years 3 packs/day.. I have COPD and thanks to my ecigs.. I can breath again! She should be ashamed! Fox, please look into this! It may have malfunctioned, but what she claims happened is TRULY IMPOSSIBLE! ThisBS can cause people like me harm!

asyawilkins - 5/29/2012 3:03 PM
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What absolutely doesn't make sense to me is the damage she says was done across the room and the explosion knocking over a 15 pound lamp, but yet, no visible injuries to her hands? Doesn't make sense??

ProVaping - 5/3/2012 1:34 PM
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lul @ electric man. Story is fab'd, unlike the tobacco corp this industry does take this very seriously. Do you really believe everything they say on FOX? If they told you it would be best for your health to jump of a bridge, would you do it? You really think we are addicts tho? Nicotine is no different from caffeine, Slightly raises blood pressure and is a vascular constrictor. All temporary effects that do not cause bodily harm unless you are personally sensitive to these conditions. You sir are the sheep of the world. Sit down and stop speaking.

elecrtricman - 4/29/2012 6:00 PM
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Rocket of coarse they are going to say that DO you really think they would take the blame lol ... you ecig addicts are to easy. You belive anything positive anyone tells you about this dangerous devise but then agian addicts always make excuses why their drug addiction is safe....

Rocket - 4/28/2012 9:08 AM
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Bill Godshall Executive Director Smokefree Pennsylvania contacted Craig Weiss (President and CEO of NJOY) and got this in a reply "NJOY takes any claim of any type of product failure very seriously and immediately investigated this report. We have spoken to the woman who was the subject of the story and she has confirmed that, contrary to reports, the device did not "explode" and is fully intact."

ChefSauron - 4/21/2012 11:00 AM
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This goes to show everyone to never buy a cheap e-cig EVER!

jneste - 4/21/2012 12:48 AM
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Fake and inconsistencies all over the place on this story! What a friggin joke!

rothenbj - 4/20/2012 8:06 PM
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Li-ion batteries have had issues in the past in all types of electronics- Notebook Computers, Cell Phones, the batteries used in the Chevy Volt, HID flashlights. Basically anything they're used in. Electricman would have you ban all technology for the occasional negative occurrence. The safety profile of these batteries will improve over time, perhaps as early as next year. In the meantime, people need to be aware of the dangers and warning signs. I find this story a bit far fetched, but anything's possible. It would have been more credible it the actual battery was used in the story.
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