DOH cautions public on vaping incident

The Department of Health (DOH) today calls on the public to be vigilant in buying consumer products in the light of the recent explosion of a vaping device while being used by a 17-year old.

The patient was admitted last October 30, 2018 at the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) after suffering injuries to the lips, oral mucosa, palate, and tongue, as well as burns and hematoma in the upper and lower lids of the eye.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat e-liquids to produce aerosols that users inhale by mimicking the act of smoking. Vaping devices are electronic devices that can cause severe burns and injuries that may require intensive and prolonged medical treatment. The cause is uncertain but appears to be related to poorly designed lithium-ion batteries, use of wrong charger, over-charging or incorrectly storing the device, which may lead to over-heating, fires and explosion.

In view of this consequence, the DOH cautions parents and guardians to be vigilant and to exert more effort in discouraging minors from using e-cigarettes/vaping devices, as well as accessing these devices from social media. These devices are not toys and contains concomitant health and safety hazards, which may lure teenagers to pick up the habit of smoking.

The DOH encourages medical practitioners, hospital facilities and the public to report any injuries and accidents related to vaping use under its online national electronic injury surveillance system by calling the DOH Hotline 711-1001 and 711-1002.