An e-cigarette left this man in the hospital on a ventilator

The Dirty Truth About E-Cigs
The Dirty Truth About E-Cigs

Most think that e-cigarettes are the safe alternative to the real thing, but this is not always the case. Richard Courtney, a father from the U.K., tried to quit smoking cigarettes and gave vaping a try.

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As reported by The Sun, Courtney was walking home from a friend's house one night, inhaling the vape, when he tasted fluid and started coughing. He then woke up the next morning with a tight chest and was unable to breathe properly.

The father of three ended up in hospital with a hole burnt through his lung. It turns out the £100 ($154.52) device, which is meant to turn the fluid into a vapor, shot hot nicotine down Courtney's throat.

Fortunately, Courtney recovered and has since returned to daily life. But now we're left with the important question, how safe is vaping anyways?

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