E-Cigarette Explodes in Teen's Mouth, Breaks Jaw, Blows Out Teeth

Live Science | 6/19/2019 | Staff
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The health hazards of e-cigarettes are still being studied, but one danger seems clear: Sometimes, they explode.

That was the case for a teenage boy who was seriously injured when an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, breaking his jaw, according to a new report of the case.

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Doctors needed to remove several teeth from the boy's mouth because their sockets had been destroyed, Russell told Live Science. The boy also needed a dental plate put under his lower gums to stabilize his jawbone.

But his mouth still wouldn't close properly, and so doctors wired his jaw shut for six weeks to give it time to heal, Russell said.

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Russell and her colleagues wanted to publish this case because they were surprised by the extent of injury that occurred from an e-cigarette, she said.

"When I met this patient, I had no idea that a vape pen could do this. It takes a lot of force to break your jaw," Russell said.

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It's now been more than a year since the boy's incident, and during that time, more reports of e-cigarette explosions have come to light. In February, a 24-year-old man in Texas died after a vape pen exploded in his face and tore a major artery in his neck, according to CNN.

E-cigarette explosions appear to be rare, but they are very dangerous, according...
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