The Dangers of Disposable Vapes
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If you’re no stranger to TikTok, you might have noticed a sudden influx of UK-based youngsters claiming to be addicted to disposable vape devices. Available in most local corner shops, their bright colours and portable designs are proving popular with consumers - but are they as harmless as they look?
With recent reports suggesting that users are suffering from adverse side effects, we look into the growing trend of disposable vape devices.
What Are Disposable Vapes?
Currently enjoying a huge surge in popularity, disposable vape pens are pre-filled vape devices that come in a range of menthol and non-menthol flavours. Unlike EDGE’s vape devices, they don’t need to be refilled or recharged, and the entire vape pen is thrown away after approximately 550-600 puffs.
What Are The Dangers Surrounding Disposable Vapes?
Whilst many disposable vape devices are pre-filled with 20mg of nicotine, which is the legal limit in the UK, an increasing number of consumers are getting their hands on illegal devices that contain as much as 50mg of nicotine. This is happening because, in other markets, such as China and the US, this is a common and legal strength.
But, these illicit products are making their way into convenience stores across the UK, as unlicensed sellers capitalise on the demand for popular disposable vape brands. A number of convenience retailers have expressed concern about unwittingly stocking these illegal products, Better Retailing reports. These products, which are illegal for UK resale, have been developed specifically for the US market - with many missing important warning labels.
Social media platforms are currently rife with users complaining about the side effects of these illegal, potentially harmful devices entering the UK market - with many reporting incidents of throat and nose bleeding. Of course, this is extremely worrying, and we’d advise consumers to steer clear of any disposable products they are unsure of.
What’s more, many of these disposable vape devices are designed in a range of bright, monochromatic colours, with no buttons or switches - all you need to do to activate is inhale. This makes certain brands extremely attractive to youngsters, who are less likely to be aware of the dangers of illicit products on the market.
How Can I Ensure My Disposable Vape Pen is Safe?
If you choose to use a disposable vape pen, you should ensure you are purchasing the product from a reputable seller. Unfortunately, this isn’t always enough, as many convenience stores are being drawn in by unlicensed sellers to keep up with demand.
That’s why it’s important to check the label on your disposable vape pens to make sure they are compliant with UK laws, i.e. contain a maximum of 20mg of nicotine. If your disposable vapes are missing this information, you should approach with caution. If you do start to feel any negative side effects after inhaling your disposable vape, do not continue to use it and consult with your GP immediately.
In short, whilst disposable vape pens are convenient, it is very easy for consumers to come across illicit devices in convenience stores - which is why it’s so important to be clued up on the dangers.