A review of burns from electronic nicotine delivery systems

Dr Jason Diab1, Ms Vanessa Diab2

1Women’s and Children’s Hospital, SA Health, 2Univeristy of Sydney


Global increase in the use of electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) raises the issues of standards surrounding health. The injuries associated with burn explosions can occur spontaneously or during vaping resulting in serious bodily burns.


A comprehensive review of the medical literature since its conception shows many case series and reports on the use of e cigarettes with its variation in burn pattern, thickness and associated length of stay. The growing literature worldwide highlights the variation and risks associated with the youth population.


E-cigarettes are a public safety concern raising concern for increased regulation as well as design changes to improve safety for users.

Jason is a paediatric plastic craniofacial registrar with an interest in reconstructive surgery and burns.


ANZBA is a not for profit organisation and the peak body for health professionals responsible for the care of the burn injured in Australia and New Zealand. ANZBA encourages higher standards of care through education, performance monitoring and research.

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