U.S. Navy announces e-cigarette ban on ships

E-cigarettes appear on display at Vape store in Chicago, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy on Friday announced that e-cigarettes will be banned on ships, submarines, aircraft, boats, craft and heavy equipment.

The announced ban will apply to Sailors, Marines, Military Sealift Command civilians and any personnel working on these vessels or equipment, the Navy said in a news release.

This policy is being implemented as a response to reports of e-cigarettes exploding due to overheating batteries, according to the Navy.

It will take effect May 14, and the Navy said Friday it will remain in place until a thorough analysis is completed.

Sailors who are not deployed can smoke on base in designated smoking areas.

Stay with WAVY.com for continuing coverage.