Whilst many disposable vape devices are pre-filled with 20mg of nicotine, which is the legal limit in the UK and Europe, 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 markets outside of the EU, such as China and the US, this is a legal strength.
However, these illicit products are making their way into retailers across the UK, as demand for disposable vapes increases. These products, which are illegal for sale in the UK, are only produced for Non-EU markets, with many missing important warning labels.
Luckily, we’ve made a handy checklist so you can make sure the products you purchase are safe for you.
Five Point Disposable Vapes Purchasing Checklist
1. Amount of nicotine displayed on the packaging
As we mentioned above 20mg is the legal limit of nicotine allowed in the UK, this should be displayed on the front of the packaging written as ‘20mg’ or ‘2% nicotine’.
2. Nicotine dosage
It is a legal requirement on all disposable vape packaging to display the nicotine dosage per puff.
3. Amount of liquid
the maximum amount of liquid permitted in a disposable is 2ml, which must also be displayed on the packaging. Any product missing this or showing a higher amount is illegal in the UK.
4. Suggested number of puffs
You have probably seen a number of brands advertising a varied number of puffs that their disposable device can produce. If a brand has filled their device with the legal limit of 2ml of liquid, the maximum number of puffs achievable is approximately 600. Any device which offers you more than this is most likely filled with more liquid and potentially a higher nicotine strength, both of which are illegal.
5. Warning labels
If you have ever seen a vape product before you have probably noticed a wide range of warning labels & signs. Disposable vapes are no different. It is a legal requirement to show the correct warning signs, any products missing this should be avoided. The image below shows all the signs you should look out for when purchasing.
If you have any questions about what you have read above or anything else to do with vaping in general, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!