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Vapes are banned aboard Navy vessels starting May 14 in Virginia Beach and Norfolk
Vapes are banned aboard Navy vessels starting May 14. (Photo courtesy of Vaping360’s Flickr)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Starting next month, electronic cigarettes and vaporizers are banned from Naval vessels.

The  U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet Command released a joint-message Friday suspending the use of the devices aboard ships, submarines, aircraft, boats and heavy equipment.

The ban will be effective Sunday, May 14, according to a Navy news release.

“The Fleet commanders implemented this policy to protect the safety and welfare of sailors and to protect the ships, submarines, aircraft and equipment,” the news release states.

The policy change came after reports showed that lithium-ion batteries found in vaporizers can overheat and explode.

“Multiple sailors have suffered serious injuries from these devices, to include first- and second-degree burns and facial disfigurement,” the release states.

This prohibition also applies to civilians or crews working on or visiting these vessels.

Though the devices won’t be permitted aboard vessels, people can still vape on base in designated areas.

Units on deployment can request an extension on the device removal until their next port visit and that vaporizer batteries should be removed and stored in a plastic bag or plastic wrap, according to the release.

The ban will remain in effect until an official determination can be made through further analysis, according to the release.

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