Are Disposable Vapes Safe?

Date Published 11/11/2022

For some people considering switching from smoking to an alternative, disposable vapes might be an option.

Without a doubt, the best choice any smoker can make is to quit smoking entirely, but for those who don’t quit, switching to an alternative represents a better choice than continuing to smoke.

However, some people are unsure about the safety of vaping products – and disposable vapes in particular. So, are disposable vapes safe? Keep reading our guide to find out.

What are Disposable Vapes?

First of all, what are disposable vapes?

Whereas most vapes are designed to be used over a more extended period of time, disposable vapes have a finite lifespan. When the battery dies, or it runs out of e-liquid, the disposable vape can be disposed of responsibly with a new one taking its place.

In contrast, other vapes can be refilled with e-liquid manually, and are made up of replaceable parts meaning that they last longer.

There’s no straight answer to the question of how long disposable vapes will last, as it’ll depend on the frequency of use and the individual model, but as a rough guide, you could expect a disposable vape to last for around 300 to 600 puffs.

Are Disposable Vapes Safe?

The use of disposable vapes, like other vape devices and smoking alternatives, is not risk-free, and the best option for any smoker is to quit entirely. However, they can be used as an alternative to smoking to help people switch.

So, what are the dangers of disposable vapes? While they share the same risks as other vaping products, it’s important that people who vape look to purchase regulated products that adhere to the guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). There are a number of counterfeit products on the market that don’t necessarily comply with the laws and regulations designed to make sure that the e-liquid is free from contaminants and the electrical components of the device are safe to use.   

How to Stay Safe Vaping

To stay safe when vaping, it’s important to know what to avoid. There are lots of counterfeit products, and cheaper products, that aren’t safe. As above, regulated products that follow MHRA guidance are best to use to stay safe when vaping.

Counterfeit alternatives can be harmful, as you might not know what they contain. Disposable vape pens from reputable companies will list the ingredients contained inside the e-liquid on the packaging – if in doubt, go for a regulated vape. 

When buying disposable vapes, stick to trusted retailers too. A lot of reliable supermarkets, shops and websites sell disposable vapes that adhere to MHRA guidance.

When it comes to disposing of your vape, it’s important to make sure that you do it safely too. Household waste and recycling centres have spaces for batteries and electrical devices. With disposable vapes, the battery will generally not be removable, so you’ll likely have to recycle the whole device. It’s probably best to store your used disposable vapes safely until you can get to your local recycling centre.

If in doubt, it’s a good idea to check any instructions from the manufacturer that might come with your device, or consult the manufacturer directly if you have any questions.

Hopefully, you should now know more about disposable vapes and how safe they are. However, if you’d like to know more about the safety of vaping, you can take a look at our guide here.

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