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

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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.



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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An e-cigarette left this man in the hospital on a ventilator
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: E-Cigarettes are sold at the V-Revolution E-Cigarette shop in Covent Garden on August 27, 2014 in London, England. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by WHO, The World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Different flavours for E-Cigarettes are sold at the V-Revolution E-Cigarette shop in Covent Garden on August 27, 2014 in London, England. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by WHO, The World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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