Due to this incident, the DOH warned parents and guardians to be vigilant and to make a greater effort to dissuade minors from using electronic cigarettes / vaping devices, as well as to access these devices from social networks.
These devices are not toys and contain concomitant hazards to health and safety that can induce adolescents to acquire the habit of smoking.
The Department of Health, through the Food and Drug Administration and in cooperation with the Department of Commerce and Industry, will continue to investigate and badyze the safety and health problems of these products and devices, including their sale online.
Currently, the FDA regulates electronic cigarettes as medicinal products due to its nicotine content and no device / electronic liquid has been registered or evaluated by the agency for its safety, efficacy and quality.
DOH encouraged physicians, hospital facilities and the general public to report any injury or accident related to the use of vaping on their national online electronic injury monitoring system by calling the DOH hotline 711- 1001 and 711-1002.
According to doctors at the East Avenue Medical Center, the patient suffered lesions on the lips, oral mucosa, palate and tongue, as well as burns and bruises on the upper and lower eyelids of the eye. He was admitted to the EAMC on October 30.
The victim's mother said that the used batteries were exchanged and exchanged by the patient through acquaintances on social networks.
However, the social network account used was already inactive when the family tried to access it.
Electronic cigarettes are devices that run on batteries that heat electronic fluids 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 it seems to be related to badly designed lithium-ion batteries, the use of the wrong charger, overcharging or improper storage of the device, which can cause overheating, fires and explosions.
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