Inside the new lab created to combat e-cigarette dangers

"GMA" goes inside a new lab that looks at how to prevent e-cigarettes from exploding.
3:05 | 06/10/19

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Now to the new gma series vape nation. You deep dive in the E seg the reindustry. As E cigarettes are more popular. They are taking protection. Gio is joining us now. It's a huge industry. There are 400 different brands on the market and some are exploding and seriously injuring people. This morning, we will get a look inside the lab created to combat those dangers. Some E cigarettes erupting in flames. I'm freaking out. I just had an electronic E cigarette erupted in my hand. From burn injuries from 2015 to 2017. I just heard a pop. Mike from Texas says he was holding his E cig at work when this happened. I'm pretty glad to I didn't have it up to my face. It could have been worse. And now ul, one of 9 world's largest safety testing, creating a voluntary standard and giving gma an exclusive look at its new testing lab. Did you start because you were seeing the videos come through? The industry widely agreed there needed to be an industry standard for the devices. Reporter: Engineers walk us through a set of stands that are part of the standard. One of T tests that is extremely important is the venting test. Here, they intentionally disable the battery feature and they continue to charge it until it explodes. Watch again as this E cigarette begins to overheat. The pressure of the explosion would go away from the user's face and stay in tact, keeping the user safe. Would this have passed or failed? The continued burning, that is not -- The vapor technology association says we can't make changes to products here in the U.S. Without going GU the fda's undefined and multiyear process. Your government needs to catch up fast. The fda, the government agency in charge of regulating E cigarettes says it's encourages them to address issues to discuss options on how they can do so in a timely fashion and the fda will consider each consideration on a case by case basis. There are some steps the dfa recommends and keep loose batteries in a case to potent contact with metal objects and never, ever charge your vape device with a phone or tablet charger. Do your research. The fda and the industry need to get on the same page.

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