Vape pen explodes, shattering teenager's jaw and knocking out some teeth

Teen’s vape explodes leaving his jaw shattered

The mother says she immediately drove her son to the hospital in their hometown, but ultimately had to drive 200 miles, a five-hour trip, to Salt Lake City, Utah, because the local facility was not equipped to treat Austin's injuries and could only pack his wound with gauze.

The case highlights that on the rare occasion that the batteries of vape devices can explode, the consequences can be unsafe, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns.

A study published in 2018 estimates that between 2015 and 2017, over 2,000 e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries sent users to U.S. hospital emergency departments.

A malfunctioning vape also claimed the life of one Texas man in January of this year, when an e-cigarette he was using blew-up in his face and left a "penetrating trauma" - later killing him.

In one case from 2017, a 14-year-old girl was burned when an e-cigarette exploded in a nearby college student's pocket while she was on a Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios.

A Nevada teen underwent reconstructive surgery and now has titanium plates in his jaw following a 2018 accident in which his vape pen exploded, shattering a chunk of his jawbone and cracking his entire mandible.

"He's still missing all those teeth, but he's hoping to get them fixed this summer", she added. His e-cigarette had blasted through his jaw.

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One teenager in OR almost lost his eye when his vape exploded two years ago, according to CNN affiliate KYTV.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about e-cigarette safety. For six weeks, Adams also had his jaw wired shut and his gumline sewn together, however, he has recovered well from his injuries.

Dr. Micah G. Katz and Dr. Katie W. Russell who treated the patient and detailed his condition in the case study wrote: "The increasing prevalence of vaping among adolescents is a public health concern".

Between 2009 and 2016, there were 195 documented incidents of explosion and fire involving electronic cigarettes, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). While batteries may explode, he said, "a lot of that happens because of the failure of the consumer to actually charge those batteries properly". A federal judge said last month the FDA must speed up its implementation of the rules, though hasn't made a final ruling on the agency's proposal. It recommended that consumers consider "using devices with safety features, preventing loose batteries from contact with metal objects, using the correct charger and not charging [a] battery overnight or [leaving] it charging unattended".

"You may have heard that e-cigarettes, or 'vapes, ' can explode and seriously injure people".

The safest option, according to Russell, may be to avoid vaping altogether. "After this, they all stopped".

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