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St. Pete man is first U.S. vaping death. Are e-cigarettes safe?

St. Pete man is first U.S. vaping death. Are e-cigarettes safe?



2018-05-17T09:37:43+0000

A St. Petersburg man was killed when his vape pen exploded, firing pieces of the device into his brain and setting his house on fire. He is the first recorded U.S. fatality linked to an e-cigarette.

The May 5 death of a St. Petersburg man whose Smoke-e Mountain vape pen exploded, firing pieces of the device into his brain and setting his house on fire, presents an urgent question about the devices’ potential to kill or maim.


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