A 17-year-old boy from Nevada suffered severe facial injuries after a vape pen exploded inside his mouth.
A 17-year-old, identified as Austin by his mother, was vaping in their house in Ely, Nevada when the vape pen suddenly exploded inside his mouth.
Austin’s family rushed him to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, over 200 miles away from their house, where he was treated for severe injuries.
According to the Washington Post, the vape pen explosion cracked Austin’s jaw, shattered a chunk of the bone, tore out teeth, and shot a hole in his chin.
The pediatric surgeons who operated on the boy compared the injuries to those caused by high-speed motor vehicle crashes or close-range gunshots.
Austin needed two surgeries to repair the damage.
Vape pens and e-cigarettes are marketed as the healthier and safer substitute to cigarettes because they do not produce harmful smoke and they are less addictive.
Many smokers transition to vaping to lessen their health risk or to gradually abate nicotine addiction.
However, ex-smokers are not only people who use e-cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many young people vape as well. Their records show that 3.6 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2018—an increase of about 1.5 million from the year before.
Though vape pens do not have many of the disease dangers that normal cigarettes produce, they are not altogether free from risks. E-cigarettes use lithium-ion batteries that have been deemed unsafe by the U.S. Fire Administration because of their likelihood to overheat and explode.
According to a report published last year in BMJ Journals, about 2,035 explosion and burn injuries were caused by e-cigarettes between 2015 and 2017.
The Food and Drug Administration is exploring product standards to address this problem. Until these issues are resolved, people who use vape pens should be extremely cautious and make sure that their pens do not overheat.
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