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E-cigarettes—beware of the rocket in your pocket

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 17 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2712
  1. Aidan M Rose, clinical lecturer in plastic surgery1 2,
  2. Kenneth J Nicoll, foundation year 2 doctor in plastic surgery1,
  3. Omar Quaba, consultant plastic surgeon1,
  4. Alastair G Lowrie, consultant plastic surgeon1
  1. 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, NHS Tayside, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK
  2. 2School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
  1. a.m.rose{at}

The recent Royal College of Physicians report on e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction missed an important point.1 2 We recently published the first case series of burn injuries from exploding rechargeable lithium ion batteries in e-cigarettes—thigh burns that required hospital admission and surgical debridement.3 Both patients described …

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