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E-Cigarette Explosion Cracks Open Teenager's Jaw And Blows Out His Teeth

E-cigarettes are known to explode.
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E-Cigarette Explosion Cracks Open Teenager's Jaw And Blows Out His Teeth

A teenager in Utah was hospitalized after an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, according to CNN and a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "He had extensive lacerations in his mouth, multiple disrupted lower incisors, and bony incongruity of his left mandible," write the report authors.

LiveScience further reports that doctors have had to wire the 17-year-old's mouth closed and take out several of his teeth that were no longer anchored to his jaw. One year later, the boy is still without several of his teeth, the report continues.

Vape explosions are so common that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even keeps a list of tips so that consumers can prevent them. "The exact causes of such incidents are not yet clear, but some evidence suggests that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions," the FDA writes.

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Indeed, CNN points to a study published last year that documented "2,035 e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries" in the United States, alone. In Canada, according to a government report, "there were 32 reported cases of unintentional injuries or poisonings related to vaping products including e-cigarettes" in a 5-year period.

Of those incidents, 9% involved burns from e-cigarette explosions or fires.

In February of this year, CNN shared the story of a 25-year-old man in Texas who died after a vape explosion shredded his carotid artery.

The total number of deaths that have occurred as a result of e-cigarette explosions is uncertain.A study published in October of last year raised concerns that injuries resulting from such fires and explosions are underreported.

READ ALSO:10-Year-Old Child In Coma After Horrific Crash Caused By Teenage Quebec Driver Who Was Allegedly Texting

For more information on the case involving the teenager in Utah refer to the CNN report here.

For the complete list of "Tips to Help Avoid 'Vape' Battery Explosions" fromt he FDA, click here.

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