Hawker vows tovape nomoreafter blast BYKONG SEE HOH firstname.lastname@example.org AHAWKER inGopeng, Perak, suffered burns on his face and received six stiches on his upper lip after an e-cigarette exploded in his face. Following the incident, 33year-oldMohd Salleh, who switched to vaping to kick his smoking habit a year ago, vowed to not touch the fancy faux smoking device anymore, SinChewDailyreported on Monday. “Tome, the vaping kit could explode any time, and is far more dangerous than the nicotine in the e-liquid!”Mohd Salleh told the daily. Recalling the horrifying moment, Mohd Salleh said he had just fetched his wife and their newborn home from the hospital when he decided to have a drag. He stepped outside the house andwas about to place themouthpiece on his lips when the e-cigarette’s atomiser explodedwith a bang that was louder than a firecracker. “My father-in-law, who rushedme to the IpohHospital, saidmy face was blackwith soot. “I was lucky I hadn’t started puffing or elsemy lips and face could have been gone. “Still I received six stiches and had burns on a large part of my face and nose, and cuts on my fingers.” Mohd Salleh said he was shocked over the explosion as the device he had been using for more than a year was genuine and he had it serviced regularly. “Nomatter what, I will not touch another e-cigarette again. My advice to other e-cigarette users out there, ‘be careful when you vape’.” Malaysian E-Vaporisers and Tobacco Alternative Association (Mevta) president Allan Foo said those who are still using third-generation ecigarettes or mechanical mods are exposing themselves to risks. He pointed out that unlike the fourth and fifth generation vaporisers sold currently, third generation e-cigarettes marketed between 2012 and 2014 did not have a chip that prevents short-circuit. Foo told the daily that vaping enthusiasts must pay attention to the installation of battery printed circuit board and chip as these parts determine whether a short-circuit or overheating could happen. Overheating could result in explosions, he said. He advised vape users to go for high quality devices that cost between RM400 and RM500 each. Avoid anything less than RM100, he said.