A teen’s injuries looked like he was in a ‘high-speed’ crash. Instead, a vape pen exploded in his mouth.
The use of e-cigarettes among young people continues to grow in popularity. Regardless of whether this is due to the ease of accessibility, the variety of “fun” flavors, or the ability to conceal e-cigarette devices from parents and teachers, inhaling or vaping the contents of an e-cigarette pod is dangerous. The e-liquid, or contents of the pod, contain potent levels of nicotine which is highly addictive. According to the CDC, nicotine adversely affects the brain development in young people up until their mid-twenties.
Vape pens present other dangers as well. Recently, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that a young man was severely injured after his vape pen exploded in his mouth leaving a two-centimeter hole in his jaw, burns on his face, and missing teeth. Surgeons were able to repair his jaw using a two-inch titanium plate. The victim of the exploding pen expects to replace his missing teeth when he can afford it.