(Newser) – Scary news for electronic smokers: A 57-year-old man in Florida suffered serious injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, ABC reports. The explosion knocked out all the man’s teeth and part of his tongue, and severely burned his face. “The best analogy is that it was like trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off,” says the police officer who responded to the call. “The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire.” The brand of e-cigarette or age of the device isn’t known, but investigators say it appears that the battery was rechargeable lithium, and that a faulty battery caused the blast. The co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association says 2.5 million Americans, mostly ex-smokers, use the devices, and this is the first such incident reported. “There have been billions and billions of puffs on the cigarettes, and we have not heard of this happening before,” he says.
I hate to sound insensitive but if you smoke electronic cigarettes you are an asshole. And I don’t wanna say you deserve to have all of your teeth blown to smithereens, but you kind of deserve to have all your teeth blown to smithereens. I remember once I saw a dude in a bar trying to sneak puffs of an e-cig. I don’t even know if thats allowed in bars or not. But he was holding it all sly and he’d take a puff and the little blue dot would light up and he inhaled his little water vapor puff like it was the best weed on the planet or something. I thought he was about to try and puff out some water vapor rings. And I remember thinking, if I could go stuff an M80 in that guy’s mouth right now, I would. I was praying he was gonna Fidel Castro himself with an exploding cigarette. So while this toothless dude may have learned the hard way, the important lesson is don’t smoke e-cigarettes. Because they may explode your tongue and burn down your closet but more importantly you look like an asshole in public when you smoke them.