NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) ― The U.S. Navy is banning vaping on ships after at least a dozen reports of explosions and injuries.
Naval commanders said in a statement that the temporary electronic cigarette policy aims to protect sailors and the fleet.
Officials cited overheated batteries in vaping equipment as the problem. Explosions have led to fires, first-degree burns and facial disfigurement. During a recent eight-month stretch, 12 incidents put sailors out of work for a combined 77 days. Injuries also restricted some to light duty for a total of five months.
The policy goes into effect May 14, but sailors at sea can request extensions. The Navy says it will make a final determination on e-cigarettes after more analysis.
Vaping will still be allowed in designated areas on land.