A teenager in Alberta, Canada suffered burns and broken teeth in an inexplicable accident involving a Chinese-manufactured electronic cigarette last week, prompting his father to call for a ban on the sale of the items to minors.
Ty Greer, 16, of Lethbridge in southern Alberta, was attempting to use a Wotofo Phantom e-cigarette when it spontaneously exploded in his face, inflicting first and second degree burns and costing him two root canals, reports CBC News.
The teenager’s father gave statements on Wednesday to Canadian press:
It lit my kid’s face on fire, busted two teeth out. It burned the back of his throat, burned his tongue very badly. If he wasn’t wearing glasses, he possibly could have lost his eyes.
He wanted to die. That is how much pain he was in.
He pushed the button and blew in, and then you wait a couple of seconds, and then you puff on it. It was about two inches from his mouth and it just blew apart.
I would like to see these unregulated ones possibly banned. It is horrific to see your kid with his face so burnt.
Alberta is one of the only provinces in Canada not employing age bans on electronic cigarettes. However, the case of Ty Greer has caused some uproar, with the Action on Smoking and Health group joining Greer’s father in demanding federal and provincial regulations.
“We absolutely need product standards. For instance, they shouldn’t explode in your mouth,” pronounced group spokesman Les Hagen. “The other element with this particular incident is this product was sold to a minor, to a 16-year-old. We would like to see a ban on the sale of these products to minors, just like we have with cigarettes.”
Alberta’s Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has thus announced that they’re working on it.
No comment has emerged from either the product’s Chinese manufacturer nor its Canadian distributor. Wotofo has no previous similar incidents on its record.
Watch a Global News report on the incident below:
Hopefully this doesn’t turn into something like last year’s exploding hoverboard epidemic.
[Images via Perry Greer // Video via Global News]