Nicotine without the cigarette wrapper. Brilliant thought — get rid of everything else and keep the poison.

Count on the BBC to bring us the most recent news on this “innovation.”

Basically, vape devices combine combustibles with fire. So do cigarettes. However, instead of a slow burn, the devices can and do explode.

Wired noted in 2016 that FEMA was aware of 25 explosions:

You hadn’t heard about this? Some pretty gruesome reports are starting to pile up. In November, a man in Colorado broke his neck, lost some teeth, and suffered burns and facial fractures when his e-cigarette exploded. A 15-year-old California boy lost half a dozen teeth in a similar mishap last month. In Tennessee, another teen is recovering from the severe burns caused when a vaping pen caught fire in his pocket a few weeks ago.(2)

Why was FEMA collecting data on this?

According to the BBC, we are now up to 195 known cases. However, there is no known comprehensive data on vape accidents; no one is tasked with reporting or collecting that information. So what we have is largely anecdotal, and probably only a fraction of what has happened.

The accident issue escalated this weekend. In a Florida case, an exploding vape device drove shrapnel into the user’s brain, killing him.(1) One TV producer gone. He also  suffered burns over 80% of his body, but the metal chards were the cause of death.

The CDC has an entire page on the problems associated with vaping, but no links to data on accidents and deaths.(3)

Cigarettes don’t explode. There’s nothing else positive about them, but they don’t do that.


  1. BBC News

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