DOH to probe alleged explosion of vaping device wounding face of 17-year-old boy

Published November 4, 2018, 4:05 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Analou de Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct an investigation on the alleged explosion of a vaping device that wounded a 17-year-old boy in the face.

DOH Secretary appointee Francisco Duque III during his ad interim appointment with the Committee on Appointments at Senate on Wednesday. Photo by Jansen Romero
DOH Secretary appointee Francisco Duque III (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on a radio interview Saturday said he will meet the authorities from the Food and Drug Administration on Monday to investigate the incident.

“Dapat tingnan talaga iyan, saan galing iyan, otorisado ba iyan, at alamin natin through an investigation. A very thorough investigation should be done para malaman natin ang buong kadahilanan ng pagsabog. Tingnan natin kung may regulatory provision, kung meron bang nalabag dito,” said Duque.

[We will look into it, where it came from, is it authorized, and find out through an investigation. A very thorough investigation should be done to know the cause of the explosion. We will see if it has a regulatory provision and if a violation has been done.]

The 17-year-old patient, reportedly suffered wounds to the lips, oral mucosa, palate, and tongue, as well as burns and hematoma in the upper and lower lids of the eye.

Initial reports said battery-related issues may have led to the explosion. The patient is now being treated at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.

“In view of this consequence, the DOH cautions parents and guardians to be vigilant and to exert more effort in discouraging minors from using e-cigarettes/vaping devices, as well as accessing these devices from social media,” the health department said in a statement.

“These devices are not toys and contain concomitant health and safety hazards which may lure teenagers to pick up the habit of smoking,” it added.