Man loses four teeth when e-cigarette explodes in his mouth – Atlanta Journal Constitution

PEARL CITY, Hawaii

A Hawaii man will need dental implant surgery after he says an e-cigarette exploded while he was taking a drag.

KHNL reported that Matt Yamashita, 25, was at Palisades Park in Pearl City when the incident happened.

“I just got out my car and I was ready to play basketball, but I just wanted to take a few puffs of vape before I played,” he said. “As soon as I took that first rip, it just blew up in my face.”

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Four of Yamashita’s teeth were destroyed because of the explosion. He now has 40 stitches in his mouth and will need surgery for dental implants.

“My right hand was burning, it was black,” Yamashita said. “I just heard loud ringing in both my ears and I just saw a flash then I was spitting out blood and I was just in shock.”

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E-cig expert Jason Artman has compiled a list of more than 240 explosions and spoke to KHNL about what typically causes explosions in the devices.

“It was a mechanical mod which seems to be the most common device in any e-cig explosion that happens while someone is using it,” Artman said. “Basically, it’s just a battery tube with a button and it has no safety features at all. Regulated mods that have built-in safety features are the better choice even though they cost a little more.”

“Your best bet if you are going to use a mechanical mod is to use it with the tank or atomizer that came with it and be very certain you’re buying your batteries from a trusted source to

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