ONLY ON 3: Man says E-Cig caused temporary blindness

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Submitted: Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:23am
Updated: Fri, 12/13/2013 - 1:56pm

SNEADS FERRY, NC (WWAY) — A Sneads Ferry man says an attempt to quit smoking may cost him his eyesight.

Joe Vecchione says for the past 10 weeks he has been using an electronic cigarette, because he heard they were a safe alternative to cigarettes.

“It was good,” said Joe Vecchione. “I found it very pleasant. You can choose the level of nicotine you want to use chemically. You can start out with a higher amount of nicotine and work your way down lower.”

But he says Tuesday night his E-Cig erupted after he took a puff, shooting hot oil out of the tip and into his eye burning the mucus membrane.

“I heard a little pop and all of a sudden I couldn’t see,” said Vecchione.

Vecchione says doctor’s are unsure if he will be able to regain vision in the eye.

“It’s a burning sensation that doesn’t stop until the menthol breaks down,” said Vecchione. “When the menthol breaks down, what it’s doing is it’s deteriorating the material that it lands on.”

We contacted Buckeye Vapors, the maker of the e-Liquid, who said that their product couldn’t possibly have caused the blindness in Vecchione’s left eye despite the fact that it contains propylene glycol, glycerin, grain alcohol, and nicotine which according to the CDC have been known to cause varying degrees of irritation, inflammation, and even severe pain when coming in contact with the eye.

“You take a lot for granted you really do when it comes to your eye sight,” said Vecchione. “I don’t know what I’m going to do if I just have one eye. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to drive anymore. I don’t know the consequences that are coming.”

Vecchione says he is in the process of finding an attorney so he can pursue legal action against the maker of the E-Cigarette and the maker of the liquid flavor.

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34 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Man says E-Cig caused temporary blindness"

2015 years 8 months ago

this morning i had to run a few erronds.on my way home i went to take a puff and pop, right in my left eye.luckily it hit the white part of my hurt like hell.held my hand over my eye till i was home.the nautalis tank is the only tank that has shot hot junk out at me.sometimes it will pop on my tounge.not happy.this is going to really hurt someone.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I had the same thing happen to me today with my nautilus tank hurt like hot coals on my eye

2015 years 8 months ago

This just happened to me too. I have been using an e cig for three months now and I have experienced a popping before but it didn’t concern me. Today I was on my ipad with my e cig in hand and it popped and a small amount of liquid flew straight into my eye. It was a very small amount but it felt slightly hot and it stung. I immediately flushed my eye but it is still irritated. I will continue to use my e cig but I think it is important that people know that there is some risk of nicotine popping out and hurting you. The odds of it going directly into your eye are slim but if you are unlucky like me watch out.

2015 years 8 months ago

For most I’m a cig supplier/seller, former heavy 2 pack smoker and have tons of smoker friend. I have absolute no tolerance for the negligence that the store and or juice manufacture is given you. I’m sorry for the victim.
Short story for me multiple times I’ve been burned with cigarette cherry (half burned ash/tobacco) from my careless friend driving down highway smoking a cigarette. Yes thanks to him I have to buy me new pants:) Point being I’m aware this is what happens when you mix high wind condition and burning object. As far as blame is my friend to blame yes but should tobacco company be blamed as well, you tell me? If yes you should consider knife cutting people by accident; the forger of knife should be blamed as well?
More specific to ecig. Yes I have beginners not knowing how to fill the device (tank) and worn out the vapor producing piece (coil) prematurely. Could they have read instruction sure but we give them free coil replacement because we can and care. As for popping ejuice just as any knowing ecig user can tell you popping sound is normal it happen when coil is new and getting saturated with ejuice. Should you be warned of such at least absolutely. This is why I’m angry that shop that sold you this did not tell you because you don’t know. Having it erupt like a volcano that’s exaggerated though. It may occasionally pop a drop or two outta the tank chamber though mouth piece but nothing in a steady stream like water holes. This would be my real concern to label ecig as danger but it’s never been the case.
To sum it all, I would like to thank you all for reading this 2 cents information and taken your time here. While this is not the extensive wells of knowledge, I wish to let people understand blame will not resolve any issue. Rather through discussing and educating yourself more can you reach a neutral understand and resolution to the situation.
Thank you

2015 years 8 months ago

It could be that he hasn’t found one that is willing to take his case.