Electronic cigarette explodes in man’s mouth, takes out teeth

Dec 8, 2004
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PENSACOLA, FLA.—A Florida man trying to kick the smoking habit was puffing on an electronic cigarette when a faulty battery caused it to explode in his mouth, taking out some of his front teeth and a chunk of his tongue and severely burning his face, fire officials said Wednesday.

“The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off,” said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North Bay Fire Department. “The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire.”

Fire Chief Joseph Miller said the victim contacted the department on Wednesday to thank firefighters and told them he was recovering at a hospital in Mobile, Ala., and anticipated being released later in the day.

Officials have not publicly identified him, citing department policy. But a Facebook page under the name of 57-year-old Tom Holloway of Niceville was filled with well-wishers commenting on the injury, and database searches matched his address on the fire report with his name.

Holloway was in his office at home when the device exploded, leaving behind burned carpet, chair cushions, pictures and office equipment. A scorched battery case found on a piece of melted carpet appears to be one for a cigar-sized device, the report said. Those in the house with him rushed to his aid in the smoke-filled room and tried to put the fire out with salt, the report said.

Holloway and his family members didn’t immediately answer The Associated Press’s requests for interviews.

Investigators do not know the brand of cigarette, type of battery or age of the device, Parker said. It appears the battery was rechargeable lithium because a recharging station and other batteries were in the room, he said. Parker has forwarded information about the blaze to the fire marshal’s office to include in any databases on the devices. But Parker said he has yet to hear of any similar instances.

Holloway agreed to let firefighters take the burned case and other, undamaged ones with them as examples for reporting to a national database, according to the report. But Holloway has asked for the burned case back. Parker said it could be used as evidence in any litigation, although Holloway did not indicate why he wanted it returned, Parker said.

Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said the industry knows of no problems with the cigarettes or batteries exploding.

Kicklas said the rigid, plastic cigarettes include a small battery and cartridge. The battery is designed to generate an electric charge when the device is inhaled. The charge sets off vapour in the cigarette tube. The nicotine-filled mist gives the taste and experience of smoking without the smoke.

Kiklas cited a federal report that found 2.5 million Americans used electronic cigarettes last year.

“There have been billions and billions of puffs on the cigarettes and we have not heard of this happening before,” he said.

Fire officials said the victim told them that he was trying to stop smoking, which is why he was puffing on the electronic version. However, the industry does not claim electronic cigarettes allow smokers to kick the habit, just that they are a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes because they have fewer chemicals, Kiklas said.

The Food and Drug Administration posted a warning about the cigarettes on its website in October saying that e-cigarettes were addictive, could contain dangerous chemicals like nicotine and might encourage kids to try other tobacco products.

In 2010, the agency sent letters to some e-cigarette makers for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act including “violations of good manufacturing practices, making unsubstantiated drug claims and using the devices as delivery mechanisms for active pharmaceutical ingredients,” according to the FDA website.

Holloway is a photographer, motorcycle enthusiast and Vietnam-era veteran, according to his Facebook page.

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gleet

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In the early 70s my dad was at work on July 5th. Another guy came in to talk and they both lit up, as was the custom of the time. After a few puffs, the other guy's cigarette exploded and blew tobacco all over the place. He said, "I'm gonna kill my son!"
 

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Officials have not publicly identified him, citing department policy. But a Facebook page under the name of 57-year-old Tom Holloway of Niceville was filled with well-wishers commenting on the injury, and database searches matched his address on the fire report with his name.

Since when did the AP become stalkers?
 

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thats what you idiots get for smoking "electronic" cigarettes. Either smoke the real god damn thing, dip, get the patch, or fucking quit.
 

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thats what you idiots get for smoking "electronic" cigarettes. Either smoke the real god damn thing, dip, get the patch, or fucking quit.
Agree. You nico-junkies gotta have something to suck on so you quit smoking only to put a Chinese-made chemical bomb in your mouth.

Just drop the crutch already, weaklings.
 

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The e-cigs are an interesting concept, but it seems like it's a disorganized, unpredictable mess right now. Too early in the technology... no set standards and QC... too many 'mom and pop' manufacturers and, more frighteningly, too many 'mama san and papa san' manufacturers. I think I'll wait awhile before I put any of that stuff in my mouth/body.

Oh... and I don't smoke.

And even blowing up in your face, the e-cigs are overall FAR healthier for you than that cigarette/tobacco poison.
 

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He was using a custom mod with unvented and unregulated batteries. From what I've been able to gather his setup was stacking betteries that are not supposed to be stacked.

He was basically using the same type of batteries that caused laptops to explode.


for the laymen...

He put a jet engine in his ford tempo and it blew up.


Edit :
According to the American Burn Assosciation about 900 people in the U.S. alone die each year in fires started by cigarettes,and about 2,500 are injured.About 100 of the deaths each year are children and non smokers.Nationally,human and property costs of fires caused by careless smoking are about $6 billion.
 
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The e-cigs are an interesting concept, but it seems like it's a disorganized, unpredictable mess right now. Too early in the technology... no set standards and QC... too many 'mom and pop' manufacturers and, more frighteningly, too many 'mama san and papa san' manufacturers. I think I'll wait awhile before I put any of that stuff in my mouth/body.
This is true in the mod world, but there are some manufacturers here with great reputations. See the ecig thread.

Long story short, don't go cheap and buy from a reputable dealer.
 

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I was waiting in line for Skyrim at Walmart at 11:50 PM (I know, I'm awesome) and there was a douchebag at the very front of the line puffing on one of these. At first I was like "wat" and nearly lit one of my own cigarettes up before I noticed the weird blue glow coming off the end and put two and two together. He was also wearing a beret, and you could tell he wanted to make sure everyone knew he was rocking an electronic cigarette. Using the hand to wildly gesture while talking in his overly loud voice.
 

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I was waiting in line for Skyrim at Walmart at 11:50 PM (I know, I'm awesome) and there was a douchebag at the very front of the line puffing on one of these. At first I was like "wat" and nearly lit one of my own cigarettes up before I noticed the weird blue glow coming off the end and put two and two together. He was also wearing a beret, and you could tell he wanted to make sure everyone knew he was rocking an electronic cigarette. Using the hand to wildly gesture while talking in his overly loud voice.
He was vaping, maaaaaaaan!

Vaping is douche.
 

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Yeah, I don't vape anywhere I wouldn't have smoked an analog.

Other than in the house.... no more standing outside since there is no second hand smoke and it doesn't make everything reek of smoke if I do it inside.
 
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