Exploding E-Cigarettes Cause Traumatic Injuries in Teens

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May 20, 2022 – A survey shows that implicit a 4-year period, 15 teenagers were injured from exploding e-cigarettes, according to surgeons who person treated young radical astatine 9 hospitals successful the United States.

"It decidedly was an wounded we were seeing frequently," Shannon Acker, MD, an adjunct prof of pediatric country astatine the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a pediatric surgeon astatine Children's Hospital Colorado, said successful a statement.

Reporting successful the Journal of Surgical Research, doctors item injuries from e-cigarette explosions from January 2016 done December 2019. Ten teens were hospitalized, including 3 who were admitted to intensive attraction units.

"When we deliberation astir e-cigarettes, vaping, and the problems of selling cigarettes to teenagers, it usually has to bash with addiction and lung injury," said Acker, a co-author of the caller study. "Whereas we, arsenic trauma surgeons, were seeing these different traumatic injuries."

Six of the teens had facial burns, 5 of them mislaid aggregate teeth, 5 had burns astir the thighs and groin, 4 burned their hands, and 4 burned their eyes. One teen injured their radial nerve, which runs done the arm. Another chopped their face, and 1 fractured their jaw.

Overall, six teens needed surgery, including 1 who needed aggregate operations for a terrible manus injury.

Three of the teenagers had ne'er utilized e-cigarettes earlier the time they were hurt.

Vaping has go acold much communal than smoking accepted cigarettes among U.S. teens successful caller years. More than 2 cardinal of them presently usage e-cigarettes, according to the FDA, including much than 11% of precocious schoolhouse students and astir 3% of mediate schoolers.

Most e-cigarettes incorporate nicotine, which is highly addictive and tin impair steadfast encephalon improvement successful adolescents, according to the CDC. Other chemicals and flavorings successful the liquids that are heated during vaping tin besides harm the lungs. Fires and explosions, portion rare, are besides a hazard that's been antecedently documented by the FDA, the CDC, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Nationwide, determination were 195 reported explosions and fires involving e-cigarettes successful each ages betwixt 2009 and 2016, according to a FEMA report. While nary deaths were reported, 29% of these cases progressive terrible injuries.

"The signifier and operation of electronic cigarettes” tin marque them behave similar “flaming rockets erstwhile a artillery fails," according to FEMA.

Vaping devices typically usage a rechargeable lithium-ion artillery that vaporizes the liquid nicotine solution, Acker says.

"They are not highly regulated, and the batteries whitethorn beryllium of inferior prime and prone to explosion."

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