Electronic Cigarettes: A Burn Case Series

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      • Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) devices explode, causing serious burns.
      • A case series of patients injured by e-cigarette devices is provided.
      • Numerous additional health threats are being attributed to e-cigarette use.
      • Nurse practitioners must educate patients regarding e-cigarette hazards; the Health Belief Model provides a template for this important discussion.


      This case series describes injuries and the associated morbidity resulting from electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use. E-cigarette use is a popular and dangerous fad. A single institution case series is reviewed. Literature from 2011 to 2016 was identified from the following databases: (a) Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature; (b) Medline; and (c) the Cochrane Library. Nurse practitioners should provide patient-centered information describing the hazards of using e-cigarette. The cases described detail the morbidity associated with e-cigarette use. The Health Belief Model serves as a guide for education.


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      All authors are affiliated with Orlando Health Physicians Group, Orlando, FL. Susan Smith, PhD, ARNP-C, FAANP, is a senior nurse practitioner with the Burn Surgery Service. She can be reached at .


      Chadwick Smith, MD, FACS, is surgical critical care fellowship program director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit.


      Michael Cheatham, MD, FACS, FCCM, is chairman of the Orlando Health Surgical Group.


      Howard Smith, MD, FACS, is director of Burn Surgical Services.