Electric cigarette explodes in Florida man's mouth

Electric cigarette explodes in Florida man's mouth

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A man smokes a device called "supersmoker", made available to the Dutch market ahead of the smoking ban from cafes and restaurants from the 01 June 2007 in the Netherlands, 09 January 2008 in Delft. Sales of the fake cigarette have increased considerably from the beginning of January, with the brand expecting to have sold 200.000 by the end of the month, as opposed to the 120.000 sold last year since it's introduction. The device contains cartridges with different concentrations of nicotine, and is electronic. They are sold in the Netherlands for about 90 euros a piece. ANP PHOTO/ROBIN UTRECHT ***NETHERLANDS OUT - BELGIUM OUT*** (Photo credit should read ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images)

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by MELISSA NELSON

Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A fire official says an electric cigarette exploded in a Florida man's mouth, severely burning his face and knocking out some of his front teeth.
   
North Bay Fire Department Fire Chief Butch Parker says it appears the cigarette's battery exploded while the man was smoking Monday night. The chief likened it to a bottle rocket going off in the man's mouth. He also lost part of his tongue.
   
Parker says the man had been using electric cigarettes to help him quit smoking.
   
Authorities don't know what model cigarette it was.
   
The victim is being treated at a Mobile, Ala., burn unit.
 

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