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Offshore firm Talisman to ban e-cigarettes after overheating incident

Man smoking e-cigarette
Image caption Talisman said other operators had taken a similar stance

An offshore operator is to ban e-cigarettes from North Sea platforms after one overheated while it was charging.

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK said the ban would take effect from Sunday.

A spokesperson said: "The decision was taken following an incident on one of our platforms when an e-cigarette overheated while it was charging, resulting in minor damage to property.

"We are aware that other operators in the UKCS have taken a similar stance."

The spokesperson added: "The safety and health risks have also been highlighted by (industry body) Oil and Gas UK."

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