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Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Vape Explodes In 17-Year-Old's Mouth, Breaking Jaw and Teeth


According to the World Health Orginization, the percentage of people around the world who smoke is steadily declining. But it's a different story when it comes to vapers, who grew from about seven million in 2011 to 35 million in 2016. And while vaping is seen as a good method to quit smoking, it isn't without danger. 

Many vapes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and they are not free of toxins and still deliver harmful chemicals. But one less commonly known danger is from explosions. Defective, poorly manufactured and improperly modified vape pens are prone to explosion, and Austin, a 17-year-old boy, knows that all too well. 

Austin arrived at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after an electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth. According to a case study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Austin was left with a broken mouth, a hole in his chin and damaged teeth. The horrifying extent of the damage can be seen in this reconstruction published with the case study.