Electronic cigarettes are actually the new rage these days, as the grim fates of chain smokers make traditional drags actually increasingly very unpopular. But as researchers continue to look into whether the electronic cigarette presents the same potential risks as its predecessor, it would now seem there is another horrifying hazard e-cigs pose that cigarettes never actually did: explosions.
A teen in Alberta, Canada had actually suffered second degree burns and even broken teeth just after his e-cigarette spontaneously exploded that was just inches from his mouth while he was using it in his own car.
The victim, by the name of Ty Greer, 16, was using the device in a car when the e-cigarette actually exploded.
“It lit my kid’s face on fire, busted two teeth out,” Perry Greer, Ty’s father, said to the Canadian Press. “It burned the back of his throat, burned his tongue very badly. If he wasn’t wearing glasses, he possibly could have lost his eyes. … He wanted to die. That is how much pain he was in.”
Greer said the family had then raced Ty to the hospital. He remembers hugging his son as he himself squirmed in great agony waiting for a dose of morphine to kick in.
The defective vape was a Wotofo Phantom, which is basically produced in China. Online reviews of the product on the marketplace Eciggity were mostly positive with no indication of such dangerous defects that could have been really fatal.
In a statement to Mic by the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, the industry has shot back at the implication that e-cigarettes are actually dangerous.
“Electronic cigarettes and vapor products are electronic devices and do not combust. They should be thought the same as other rechargeable electrical equipment such as laptops and cell phones, in terms of being battery powered,” the statement read. “We cannot speak to user error or on behalf of a manufacturer for their device. If there is truly an issue with a specific device, similar to a laptop or cell phone manufacturer, inquiries should be directed toward the individual company.”