What he told the doctors shocked them: The boy was vaping when, without warning, his e-cigarette exploded in his face. The freak accident, described in a case study published Wednesday, is just one of thousands in recent years.
"People need to know before they buy these devices that there's a possibility they're going to blow up in your pocket, in your face, "said Dr.
It's unclear what kind of e-cigarette was involved in the incident.
One study published in 2018 estimated that more than 2,000 e-cigarette explosions and burn injuries were sent to US hospitals emergency departments from 2015 to 2017. But the few are aware of just how serious the incidents can be
The teen from Nevada said he had no idea his vape could explode, according to Russell. He repeated the line over and over again in the emergency room, she remembered, and he was still "pretty freaked out" hours after the explosion
"At that time, in my career, I had never seen this. heard of this as a possibility, "said Russell, who described the boy's injuries in the New England Journal of Medicine.
"I just wanted to get this out there so other people could know that this was possible," she added.
The boy Russell treated was "a tough kid," she said, and he healed well. [1
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Two dead, others injured in e-cig explosions
Texas man died after his e-cigarette exploded and shrapnel tore through his carotid artery.
About a year ago, a Florida man was also found dead after his e-cigarette exploded during use, sending a projectile into his head. Both cases involved "mechanical mods," bigger vaporizers that have more powerful batteries than many typical devices
Both deaths were in adults, but many teenagers reported burns from similar e-cigarette explosions. The injuries have been raised as experts warn of an "epidemic" of teen vaping, with nearly 40% of 12th-graders using the devices, according to a report released last year.
One teen in Oregon nearly lost his eye when his vape exploded two years ago, according to CNN affiliate KYTV. Another 17-year-old told CNN affiliate KNXV in 2016 that "it was like [a] bomb going off" before her clothes caught on fire and an e-cigarette explosion left her with burns across her chest, arms and hands [19659013Inonecasefrom2017a14-year-oldgirlwasburnedwhenane-cigaretteexplodedinanearbycollegestudent'spocketwhileshewasonaHarryPotterrideatUniversalStudiosAyearearlieranother14-year-oldwasblindedafterane-cigaretteexplodedinaBrooklynmallaccordingtoCNPaffiliateWPIX
Blast injuries and skin grafts
While experts and advocacy groups have long raised questions about the health effects of vaping, the risk of explosions and fire has received less attention. Some researchers, though, have sounded alarms.
In a 2016 letter published in New England Journal of Medicine, doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center described 15 patients who had suffered from e-cigarette explosions in less than a year.
Most accidents involved flame burns, and nearly 30% of patients endured "blast injuries" that led to "tooth loss, traumatic tattooing, and extensive loss of soft tissue. "
They added that "e-cigarettes remain largely unregulated" and warned that although "these incidents were previously thought to be isolated, injuries among our 15 patients add "
FDA 'concerned' but does not mandate e-cig recalls
This e-cigarette is a public safety concern that requires increased regulation, ] Industry groups remain wary of regulation, arguing instead that they need to make changes easily – and improve – their products. "We have to make sure that we are not going to be regulated out of business," said Ray Story, founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.
"The industry can always do more," Story said, but he blamed consumers for some of the accidents . While batteries may explode, he said, "a lot of that happens because of the failure of the consumer to actually charge those batteries properly."
Last year, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company has launched a voluntary recall of 2.6 million power units for fire risk, but the FDA, which has regulatory jurisdiction over e-cigarettes, has not mandated any e-cigarette releases in response to recent explosions
The agency said in a statement that it was "concerned" about "overheating and exploding batteries." It recommended that consumers consider "using devices with safety features, preventing the battery from coming into contact with metal objects, using the correct charger and not charging [a] battery overnight or [leaving] it charging unattended."
The FDA also launched a but Russell, who treated the Nevada teenager, believes that many users are not even aware that e-cigarettes can explode – meaning they do not seek out resources on battery safety
"A pack of cigarettes says this can kill you," Russell said. While e-cigarettes warn that nicotine is addictive, they seem to offer little information on battery risk, she said.
The safest option, according to Russell, may be to avoid vaping altogether. "The mom actually used one of these devices too," she said. "After this, they all stopped."