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Warnings to Vapers – E-Cigarettes, or Vapes, are Highly Dangerous

March 16, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – According to, people are highly unaware of the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.*

The Charlotte Fire Department seeks to warn users of the hazards of using e-cigarettes or “vapes,” which include catastrophic battery explosions, resulting in fires to residences, burns to people using the e-cigarettes, and fiery explosions that turn the e-cigarettes into projectiles.  Several explosions associated with the use of e-cigarettes have been reported across the United States.  

According to the fire department, many of the explosions of the vapes are caused by consumer misuse, and the dangers associated therewith depend heavily on which vape you purchase.  "Most vapes are going to be protected by chips and they're going to have multiple safety checks on the batteries they won't let you do a thing if they sense anything wrong with the battery,” a member of the Charlotte Fire Department stated. 

Several vape accidents have been caused by people falling asleep while vaping and leaving the vape next to a flammable surface, such as on a bed.  

Additionally, fast chargers have been known to cause vape related because the faster the charge, the faster these vapes heat up and potentially catch fire. "Smart chargers or the fast chargers or something like that can overheat the vape only because there's so much amperage going through the battery that it didn't expect,” the member of the Charlotte Fire Department noted.

The dangers of using e-cigarettes is illustrated by the death of a twenty four year old man from Fort Worth, Texas who died while using a vape for the first time that he had just bought from a local smoke shop.

Members of the man’s family indicate that shortly after buying the vape, it exploded where  he was found deceased on the pavement just outside his grandmother’s vehicle.

According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, the cause of the man’s death was due to an explosion that caused his left carotid artery to be severed. While in the car to the hospital, the man had a stroke and eventually had bleeding in the brain as a result of the stroke.  

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