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Survey of Risk Factors of Lithium Ion Batteries Used in ENDS

Principal Investigator: Jessica Pepper (CTP Contact: Azieb Kidanu)
Funding Mechanism: Research Contract
ID Number: 75F40120A00017
Award Date: 7/22/2021
Institution: Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International


Electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) lithium-ion battery-related overheat, fire, and explosion (O/F/E) incidents have increased in recent years, but limited information is available about ENDS-related O/F/E risk factors. Efforts to understand causes of ENDS-related O/F/E incidents suggest that specific products and certain user practices may increase the risk of ENDS-related O/F/E incidents. The goals of this project are to collect data from a representative sample of 6,000 U.S. adult ENDS users via an online survey to identify user practices, ENDS devices, and batteries that may increase the risk of ENDS-related O/F/E incidents, and to estimate the prevalence of O/F/E incidents. Findings may inform future regulatory activities related to ENDS.

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