For adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke, disposable vapes might be a viable alternative to switch to.
Some people may be unsure about the safety of vaping products – and disposable vapes in particular. So, are disposable vapes safe? Keep reading this guide to find out more.
What are Disposable Vapes?
Before diving into questions like ‘how bad are disposable vapes?’, let’s first explore exactly what disposable vapes are. Some kinds of vapes, like rechargeable options, are designed to be used over an extended period of time. These types of devices may allow adult users to - as their name suggests - recharge them after the battery depletes, or refill the device with e-liquid after it runs out. In comparison, disposable vapes typically have a shorter lifetime to rechargeable options. When the battery dies, or the e-liquid runs out of these disposable devices, they should be disposed of responsibly, as per their manufacturer’s guidance.
How long disposable vapes last could depend on the frequency of use, as well as the individual model. That said, in the UK vapes must adhere to a tank size that can only hold up to 2 ml of e-liquid - equating to approximately 600 puffs.
How Bad Are Disposable Vapes?
Exactly how ‘bad’ the use of disposable vapes, and vape devices more generally, are depends on the product in question - just like whether a device is a suitable alternative to continued smoking. That said, even if a smoke-free product is a better alternative to continuing to smoke, it’s worth noting that smoke-free products are not risk-free and provide nicotine, which is addictive. What’s more, smoke-free products are not an alternative to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether.
With that in mind, it’s important that adult users purchase regulated products that adhere to the guidance outlined from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). One of the potential dangers of disposable vapes is the number of counterfeit products being sold on the market, which may not comply with the laws and regulations surrounding vapes in the UK. The government have put regulations in place to ensure certain safety and quality standards for e-cigarettes.
How to Avoid the Dangers of Disposable Vapes
To help potentially avoid the dangers of disposable vapes, exclusively concerning counterfeit products, stay informed on the regulations that apply to these devices. This may help you better distinguish a counterfeit.
It’s also important to dispose of your vape safely. Household waste and recycling centres may have spaces for batteries and electrical devices. It might be best to store your used disposable vapes safely until you can get to a local recycling centre that can take them.
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 about your disposable vape.
Smoke-free products are not risk-free and provide nicotine, which is addictive. Smoke-free products are not an alternative to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether.
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