E-cigarette chargers raise concern

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, February 28 2014 at 8:39 PM, Updated: Fri, February 28 2014 at 11:46 PM

Medford, Ore.-- Smoking an E-cigarette is what Tylor Arnold calls the safe alternative to tobacco.

"There's no arsenic, there's no cyanide, there's no tar, there's no smell," said Arnold.

Arnold also sells them about 200 hundred a month at Vapor Legends in Phoenix.

It's becoming a lucrative business, they range from $20.00 to $200.00 a  pop.

"It's amazing it gets away from cigarettes, cigarettes and the what 2,500 carcinogens involved with it." 

But not always amazing just Wednesday Medford Fire and Rescue said a woman had a close call when her E-cigarette overheated.

Medford Fire Marshal, Greg Kleinberg said, "She discovered a pillow was smoldering and she looked and the E-cigarette the battery fell and shot up to the ceiling level."

Kleinberg said it's second time an E-cigarette started a fire in just months.

Employees at Vapor Legends said the key to safety is keeping an eye on the charger.

"When it over charges it'll heat up inside of a metal case or it will discharge inside of a metal case. When a battery sweats it can get up to 4,000 degrees almost instantly," said Arnold.

An instantaneous moment that's led several states to ban E-cigs all together.

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”

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