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Navy bans e-cigarettes aboard ships, subs, planes

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The U.S. Navy has banned e-cigarettes aboard ships, submarines, planes and other equipment, it announced on Friday.

The prohibition, which goes into effect on May 14, will apply to sailors, civilians and visitors.

The Navy made the decision after reports of explosions of due to the overheating of lithium-ion batteries. It said multiple sailors suffered first- and second-degree burns and facial disfigurement.

The Navy also said deployed sailors may ask to keep their devices until their next port visit. Sailors on shore can still use their devices on base, but must do so in designated smokes areas.  

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