| Andy Staples
How to remain safe while vaping
I’m sure many vapers will agree - we want to vape as safely as possible, without having to give up e-cigarettes altogether. Many vape-haters will say it’s best to just chuck your e-cig away, but the reality is: vaping is at least 95% safer and less harmful than smoking. It poses very few risks to our health, especially in comparison to smoking e-cigarettes.
However, this doesn’t mean it has NO risks. There are definitely certain concerns associated with vaping. At Vape Simple, we like to make sure that our customers are aware of the potential dangers, and how to remain safe. We always manufacture TPD compliant products at our facility with GMP and ISO accreditations.
In this article, we will be covering the top points you should consider when looking to remain as safe as possible when vaping. If we’re all smart with our e-cigarettes, we can avoid the risks and overcome the stigma surrounding the safety of vaping.
Don’t use e-liquids that contain THC
The CDC (Centre for Disease Control) reported that vitamin E acetate was found in the lung fluid of all patients suffering from EVALI, and not in the lungs of healthy people. EVALI is a name given by the CDC for e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury. Since this condition was identified, there have been over 60 deaths in the USA; although this number is now at a steady decline.
What does this have to do with THC? Well, vitamin E acetate is a thickening agent often used in e-liquids that contain THC. The CDC believes that this is the primary cause of EVALI.
In the UK, you won’t usually find THC in regular flavoured or nicotine e-liquids. Some CBD e-liquids may contain small amounts of THC, but under UK law this must be less than 0.2%.
At Vape Simple, we do not put any THC or vitamin E acetate in any of our e-liquid products.
Don’t modify your e-liquids
When you buy e-liquids from a reputable manufacturer or retailer, they have gone through numerous processes to ensure that their formulations are completely safe. It is not advisable to modify your e-liquids by adding any other substances or ingredients.
If you aren’t 100% sure what you’re doing, modifying your e-liquid creates a possibility for unwanted chemical reactions that could cause adverse effects.
Only buy products from reputable retailers
This point links to quite a few of the other points in this article - you can avoid many problems if you simply purchase products from a reputable retailer. The manufacturer of your product should be TPD compliant, and have the necessary experience and certifications.
At Vape Simple, we manufacture all of our e-liquids from our state-of-the-art facility here in the UK (SVC Labs). We are ISO 9001 and 14000 certified, GMP (good manufacturing practice) approved, TPD compliant, and go through regular quality assurance processes.
We go through the entire manufacturing process, right from flavour and formulation development, all the way through to packaging and labelling. This ensures that we know exactly what goes into our products, and exactly which processes are used.
Only buy e-liquids that are diacetyl-free
Diacetyl is a chemical which is often used in artificial flavourings for a buttery, sweet flavour. It is known to cause a lung disease often referred to as ‘popcorn lung’ - this nickname comes from the relation between this chemical and the flavour of popcorn. The official name for this disease is Bronchiolitis Obliterans - it essentially inhibits lung function.
At Vape Simple, our e-liquids do not contain diacetyl. Additionally. They don’t contain acetoin or acetyl propionyl. Acetoin is a chemical that started being used as a substitute for diacetyl, but it was then found that it is just as damaging. Acetyl propionyl is another diacetyl alternative that simply isn’t necessary.
Don’t vape with nicotine if you aren’t addicted
Nicotine is a very addictive substance - we all know that. Although nicotine isn’t actually harmful on its own, you don’t want to develop an addiction unnecessarily. If you only vape for flavour or enjoyment - and not as a nicotine replacement for traditional cigarettes - then ensure your liquids contain 0mg of nicotine.
Don’t set your mod temperature too high
On some e-cigarette devices, you are able to adjust the temperature. If you set this too high, you will be able to feel that the inhale is ‘dry’ and the flavour goes pretty nasty. This is probably enough to deter you from setting it too high anyway.
If you do set the temperature too high, it can cause different chemical reactions to take place. This can release unwanted chemicals that may not be optimal for your health.
Don’t dry-burn your coils
‘Dry burning’ is when you fire your e-cigarette without any e-liquid in the device. This can cause the coil to heat up massively, which could potentially affect the structure of the metal. Although this is very unlikely, it could cause traces of metal to get into your e-liquid. This isn’t expected to pose a big risk, but you might as well reduce your risks as much as you possibly can and avoid dry burning altogether.
A few final points…
A few final points to keep in mind to ensure you are vaping safely…
- Keep your e-liquids and devices out of reach of children and pets.
- Don’t vape if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Don’t swallow any e-liquid! If you do, rinse your mouth out immediately. If you begin to feel unwell, call a local A&E department or your doctor/ physician.
- Don’t get e-liquid on your skin - it may cause an allergic reaction to some people. If you do get it on the skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water.
- Do not vape if you are under 18 (UK) or under 21 (USA).
- Only use e-liquids with an e-cigarette.