Man in serious condition after e-cigarette exploded in his face

A 28-year-old resident of Dimona was hospitalized in serious condition on Wednesday after an electronic cigarette he was smoking exploded in his face.

The man is said to have been working at a motor racing track in the south of the country when the incident took place.

Passers-by came to the aid of the injured man, calling paramedics to the scene. Magen David Adom paramedics transported the man, who was in serious condition, to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment.

“We were called to a man lying by the side of the road. He was fully conscious and suffered from chest burns and bleeding in the face. People at the scene told us he was injured by an electronic cigarette which malfunctioned and exploded,” MDA medics said.

It is not known what caused the explosion of the device.

Professor Hagai Levine, a senior public health official, told Channel 12 that the harm to the injured man “comes on top of the rest of the adverse health effects already proven in e-cigarettes.”

A Juul e-cigarette sign hangs in the window of a bodega convenience store in New York City on June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

“Cigarette and e-cigarette companies continue to target young people in an effort to addict them while taking advantage of weak regulation,” he said.

In 2019, the Department of Health considered a total ban on e-cigarettes, often referred to as vapes, due to reports of e-cigarette-related deaths in the United States amid increased use of vapes. , especially among young people.

In June, the US Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of vaping products made by Juul, due to high levels of nicotine found in flavored oils produced by the company.

Israel already banned the import of Juul products containing more than 20 milligrams of nicotine in 2018. E-cigarette use remains legal.

“Today’s action is further progress in the FDA’s commitment to ensure that all e-cigarette and e-nicotine delivery system products currently marketed to consumers meet our public health standards,” FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf said at the time.

Twenty-four countries have complete bans on vaping, including Argentina, Brazil, India and Hong Kong.

Other countries, such as the United States and Australia, have strict laws regarding the use and importation of vapes and their associated products.

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