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Exploding Cigarette Causes Indonesian Man To Lose Six Teeth

First Posted: 04/04/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:25 PM ET

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An Indonesian man lost six teeth and suffered 51 stitches to his mouth after the cigarette he was smoking exploded, according to reports.

Andi Susanto, 31, claims he was riding on a motorbike when the cigarette exploded. He has now received a payment of 5m rupiah ($535) in an out-of-court settlement from the cigarette manufacturers, PT Nojorono Tobacco.

Police are now investigating the case. Iwan Sulistyo, the marketing chief of the Clas Mild brand by PT Nojorono Tobacco, said the company was perplexed by the explosion.

"We are communicating with the police and still waiting on the forensic laboratory tests," Iwan said in an Interview with The Jakarta Globe. "We do not put any strange materials in the cigarettes so we think that this is a weird case. This is the first time for us."

Indonesia is one of the largest markets for cigarette manufacturers in the world, with more than 60 percent of men smoking.

Susanto, however, is planning to quit.

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Filed by Adam Taylor  |