E-Cigarette Explosion Results in Teenager’s Shattered Jaw and Broken Teeth
NEVADA – As reported online by wreg.com, a 17-year-old boy suffered a shattered jaw and broken teeth after the e-cigarette he was using exploded in his face.*
According to a 17-year-old boy who sustained a shattered jaw and broken teeth, his e-cigarette (also known as a vape pen) exploded in his face. The teenager required immediate surgery to reconstruct and repair the shattered jaw. Injuries resulting from e-cigarette explosions are on the rise, and one study reveals that between 2015 and 2017, more than 2,000 e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries sent e-cigarette users to the hospital emergency rooms.
Deaths Resulting from E-Cigarette Explosions
The Nevada boy’s injuries were very serious and will take a long time to recover from. Many e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries do not result in death. However, some e-cigarette users have sustained unexpected fatal injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes. One death involved a Texas man whose e-cigarette exploded, causing a piece of shrapnel to penetrate the man’s carotid artery. A second death involved a Florida man who was found dead after his e-cigarette exploded and caused a projectile to penetrate his head.
Many people believe e-cigarette use among teenagers has become an epidemic, and while the e-cigarette deaths involved adults, teenagers are reporting significant burn injuries that often have permanent consequences in the form of scarring and the continuous need for surgery, especially if skin grafts are used.
While there have been a substantial number of injuries resulting from e-cigarette explosions, not much has been done to help eliminate or at least reduce the rate of accidents happening in the first place. The lack of regulation of the e-cigarette industry means that e-cigarette users may not be receiving adequate warnings about the risks associated with using e-cigarettes.
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