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Can Smoke Detectors Detect Vape? (update 2024)

Yes, with enough vaping, a regular home smoke detector can be triggered by vaping. We show this in a demonstration here by Dr. Koz, see the video below.

Smoke detectors are designed to detect particles in the air that are produced by combustion, which is the process of burning something. Vaping does not involve the combustion of any materials, so the amount of smoke produced is generally much less than what is produced by smoking traditional cigarettes.

In general, it is best to avoid vaping in close proximity to smoke detectors. If you do need to vape in a location where these detectors are present, it is a good idea to keep a safe distance and make sure that the vape device is not producing a large amount of smoke (high wattage).

What is the Difference Between a Smoke Detector and Vape Detector?

A traditional smoke detector, which is designed to detect the presence of smoke is not as sensitive as a vape detector. Vape detectors typically employ highly sensitive laser sensors that detect low-concentration particles and aerosols. Aerosols and particles produced by vaping are composed of water, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and nicotine.

Can Vaping Trigger a Carbon Monoxide Alarm?

It is possible for vaping to trigger a carbon monoxide alarm, although this is not a common occurrence. Carbon monoxide detectors are designed to detect the presence of carbon monoxide gas in the air, and they can be triggered by a variety of sources, including combustion appliances, vehicles, and tobacco products.

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Does Vaping Produce Carbon Monoxide?

Vaping devices do not produce carbon monoxide gas, but some of the vapor produced by these devices may contain trace amounts of carbon monoxide but not enough to exceed the trigger threshold of a home CO detector UL2034 which is set to 70 ppm.

Are Traditional Smoke Detectors Capable of Detecting Vaping in 2024?

Traditional smoke detectors, which are designed to detect smoke particles from fires, are generally not reliable for detecting vaping in 2024. While some vaping aerosols may contain similar particulate matter to smoke, the concentration and composition of these particles are often different enough that traditional smoke detectors may not trigger an alarm. However, there are specialized vape detectors available that are specifically designed to identify the unique signature of vaping aerosols.

What Are the Differences Between Smoke Detectors and Vape Detectors in 2024?

In 2024, smoke detectors and vape detectors serve different purposes and use different technologies. Smoke detectors are primarily designed to detect smoke particles from fires, using either ionization or photoelectric sensors. On the other hand, vape detectors use a combination of specialized sensors, such as particulate matter sensors and volatile organic compound (VOC) sensors, to identify the specific chemical composition and particle size range associated with vaping aerosols. Vape detectors also often include advanced algorithms and machine learning capabilities to reduce false alarms and improve accuracy.

Can Vape Detectors in 2024 Also Detect Smoke from Cigarettes or Fires?

any vape detectors in 2024 are capable of detecting smoke from cigarettes or fires in addition to vaping aerosols. This is because the sensors used in these devices, such as particulate matter sensors, can identify a wide range of airborne particles. However, the sensitivity and accuracy of vape detectors for detecting smoke may vary compared to dedicated smoke detectors. In general, it is recommended to use both smoke detectors and vape detectors in appropriate locations for comprehensive protection.

Are There Any Hybrid Smoke/Vape Detectors Available in 2024?

Yes, in 2024, there are several hybrid smoke/vape detectors available on the market. These devices combine the technologies used in traditional smoke detectors (such as ionization or photoelectric sensors) with the specialized sensors and algorithms used in vape detectors. Hybrid detectors offer a convenient and cost-effective solution for monitoring both fire and vaping risks in a single device. However, the performance of these hybrid detectors may not always be as optimized as using separate, dedicated devices for each purpose.

Can Vape Detectors Be Integrated with Existing Fire Alarm Systems in 2024?

Many vape detectors in 2024 can be integrated with existing fire alarm systems, allowing for centralized monitoring and response. This integration is typically achieved through wireless connectivity (such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) or hardwired connections. By linking vape detectors to a building’s fire alarm system, alerts can be automatically sent to a central control panel or monitoring service, which can then dispatch appropriate personnel or activate other safety measures. Integration with fire alarm systems can be particularly useful in large buildings or complexes where a coordinated response to vaping incidents is necessary.


  • In general, the risk of a carbon monoxide detector being triggered by vaping is low, especially if the device is being used in a well-ventilated area.
  • It is always a good idea to be cautious when vaping near any type of detector, as it is possible for the device to be triggered in some situations.
  • Vaping does not produce enough carbon monoxide to trigger a CO detector.
  • Dr. Koz has shown a CO detector can be triggered via vaping but requires close proximity.

About the Author

Dr. Koz resides in the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles, California. He is a subject matter expert on vape detectors, gas sensor technology, gas detectors, gas meters, and gas analyzers. He has been designing, building, manufacturing, and testing toxic gas detection systems for over 20 years.

Every day is a blessing for Dr. Koz. He loves to help customers solve their unique problems. Dr. Koz also loves spending time with his wife and his three children going to the beach, grilling burgers, and having a cold beer. Read more about Forensics Detectors here.

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