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Summary: A Florida man is suing the manufacturer and company that sold the electronic cigarette after it exploded in his mouth, causing permanent injuries.

Electronic cigarettes have been advertised as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes but that may not always be true. One Naples, Florida man learned the hard way that his e-cig was dangerous when it exploded in his mouth. Evan Spahlinger sustained burns to his face, throat, and lungs after the incident left him briefly in a coma. Spahlinger filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade against the companies that manufactured and sold him the e-cig.

  
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John J. Uustal of Fort Lauderdale is representing Spahlinger. He states in the filing, “This malfunction left Evan permanately injured and caused him unimaginable mental anguish.” He used the “Rig Mod V.2” e-cig from the Vaping Station in Naples. It was manufactured by VapeAMP in San Diego.

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After having the device for three months, the e-cig exploded in Spahlinger’s mouth, “causing him to inhale flames, smoke, and scorching hot air.” He was rushed to the burn unit at Kendall Regional Medical Center but along the way his “esophagus and lungs began to swell from his internal burns.” Spahlinger was placed in a medically-induced coma and must now give the injuries constant follow-up care.

Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article57037303.html

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