Can Vaping Boil your Lungs?

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Based on the sensationalism of the latest vaping horror story making the (questionable) news sites, I’m surprised they didn’t go with a headline like that.

In case you missed it, newspapers all up and down the place have been running with a story about a man who allegedly suffered serious injury via vaping.  According to the story, somehow boiling hot nicotine leaped from the man’s vapor device straight into his lungs, landing him in the hospital.

The guy noticed he inhaled something wet and then started coughing.  And then later on he went to the hospital.  Ok, before I go on, let me point out the headlines said he burned a friggin hole in his lung.

I could be wrong, but I’m guessing if you burn a hole in your lung you’ll notice a little more than something wet.  Moving along, he went to the hospital where doctors said the man’s lung function was down to 25%.  Further, the way the story’s reported it makes it sound like the nurse found his tank spewing liquid like a garden hose or something.

They hooked it up to an oxygen hose and saw liquid coming out.  I’m not exactly sure how that’s supposed to work.  But, since the product is vapor, it seems like it would indeed condense in the tube, forming a liquid.  We’ll ignore the part that flaming hot magma should probably melt an oxygen tube.

Just writing out the story makes me realize how pants-on-head crazy it is to begin with.  I wanted to write something analyzing the story because it smells fishy.  But really, reading the original story seems to be enough.

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Well, you came this far, I might as well pull something out of my hat to entertain you.

First of all, the article originated with the Sun.  If you’re not familiar with the Sun, let’s say they might not be the bellwether of… what’s the word I’m looking for?  Truth? Honesty? Integrity? Basic common sense?

Hell I don’t know. Here’s where I link to another story of theirs about how a man claims Back to the Future predicted 9/11.

You know what, I’m just going to let Kanye finish the rest of this article.

Steve K

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