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What are 'Illegal Vapes'?

You will commonly hear us reference ‘illegal vapes’ and may begin to panic and wonder if the vaping products that you own could possibly be illegal! You also may wonder how on earth ‘illegal’ vapes are available…

Here we’ll break it down: When we speak about illegal vapes, predominantly we are referring to illegal disposable vaping products. They are against the law due to the amount of nicotine liquid contained.  To ensure safety there are legal limits on the amount of liquid and how large the tank of the device is. These are set by the TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) who are the top dog in charge when it comes to the sale and manufacture of all tobacco products in the EU and UK. E-liquids containing nicotine must have a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml. The legal limit for a vaping product’s tank capacity is 2ml, this gives roughly 600 to 800 puffs. 

Illegal disposable vapes will often be advertised with punchy words and phrases such as ‘3500 puffs’, promising a specific large number of puffs to lure consumers in. The problem is that many consumers will be more concerned about the number of puffs they can get rather than any potential harm. So if 2ml is the legal limit offering 600 to 800 puffs, then in order for a device to offer 3500 puffs it would need to contain an estimated 10ml of liquid. Now 10ml in a bottle containing nicotine (an e-liquid), is legal within the UK and EU. Interestingly, products where over 2ml nicotine is already inside a device and can’t be replaced, are not legal. The sizing of the tanks as well as amount of nicotine in these types of devices break this law however they are still available for sale. Alongside this, the liquids inside disposable vapes are being frequently manufactured in China, meaning we cannot determine how safe they are in line with UK & EU regulations.

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