Two Southwest Florida men are dealing with injuries from e-cigarette explosions occurring within days of each other.
This weekend, vendors from all over the country have gathered at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers for Vape Con, an opportunity to educate e-cig users.
Vape Con organizers said accidents or explosions happen as a result of user error with mechanical mod vapes when too much power is drawn from the battery.
The vape movement is growing, but so is the number of injuries.
More than two dozen reports from the Food and Drug Administration indicate e-cigarettes have exploded since they became popular in 2012.
Vendors at Vape Con said the vaporizers are not to blame.
“These accidents are pure user negligence. It’s the fact that the person is not experienced with what they use and they’re not safe with it,” said Joey Jux, vice president of DUVO Life.
Jux said the easiest ways to avoid injury are to store your vape outside of your pockets, and only use mechanical mods if you’re experienced.
“I’ve never heard of an accident with someone who’s experienced with vapor,” he said.
Unlike other electronic cigarettes, mechanical mods don’t have safeguards to prevent overheating or explosion.
Those who are new to vaping are encouraged to use e-cigs that control the amount of power drawn from the battery, helping to prevent accidents.