The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire…or, in this case, it could be the living room, bedroom, or indeed, the whole house. Hollywood movies are littered with dramatic movie scenes depicting a smoker falling asleep in bed or on the couch, their arm casually draped over the edge. The cigarette falls (in slow motion, of course) and a smoldering flame emerges, enveloping the room in smoke and flames. Cue dramatic escape (or attempted escape) from the room. Tragedy. Destruction. It makes for great cinema, to be sure, but how often does this actually happen?

In 2011, fire departments in the United States responded to over 90,000 smoking-related fires, which lead to 540 deaths and 1,640 injuries of civilians, and over $621 million in direct property damage*.


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And how, you might ask, does vaping come into play? Let’s discuss.


In the past three years in London, the London Fire Brigade has noted just 14 e-cigarette fires compared to 3500 incidents caused by smoking. Time for some simple math. That means over 255 times the number of fires are caused by smoking than e-cigarettes. A fairly impressive statistic. So what does this mean for the London Fire Brigade? While they’re not likely to advocate necessarily for e-cigarettes or vaping, if you’re going to do it, they would much rather you vape, for safety’s sake.

Stated London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner, Dan Daly, in an article on, “Our preference is that you stop smoking altogether, but if you must smoke, vaping holds fewer fire risks than cigarettes, as butts, ash and matches are often carelessly discarded, which can lead to fires.”

Kudos to the London Fire Brigade for a practical perspective on vaping. Now, let’s continue the discussion going forward with the differences between e-cigarettes and vaping.