In this photo illustration the owner of a shop that sells electronic cigarettes demonstrates how to use one on March 1, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
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April 14, 2017

The U.S. Navy will ban the use of electronic cigarettes on ships following about a dozen reports of explosions and injuries.

The temporary policy banning vaping on ships goes into place next month, naval commanders said in a statement on Friday, according to the Associated Press. The commanders said the ban is intended to protect sailors and the fleet, saying overheated batteries in the electronic cigarette equipment have caused explosions that led to fires, burns and facial disfigurement.

In an eight-month stretch, 12 incidents related to vaping prevented sailors from working for a combined 77 days. Some sailors who sustained injuries were restricted to light duty for five months, the AP reported.

The Navy will make a final decision on the policy after further analysis. Vaping will still be permitted in certain areas on land.

Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahita.gajanan@time.com.

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