In a world filled with TikTok trends, clickbait and general misinformation it’s no surprise you’ve found yourself asking this question – are disposable vapes actually safe? We have tried to digest the latest research and regurgitate it in a way that’s simple to understand and gives a clear answer as things stand in 2022. What is a disposable vape? A disposable vape is a type of vaping kit that usually requires no setup and has no buttons. It is almost always pre-filled with e-liquid and usually has an amount of puffs that can be redeemed before the battery dies. These types of vapes can almost never be recharged and once the battery dies, the kit is finished and gets thrown away. Some popular types of disposable vapes that you may have heard of are Elf Bars, Geekbars and Elux Legends. What are disposable vapes made of? A disposable vape is made up of many of the same components as a regular vape. They usually have a plastic casing, contain a lithium battery, a coil and are pre-filled with e-liquid. The type of battery used in a disposable is often no different from a regular vape, it is just usually much smaller and can’t be recharged which means eventually when it dies, it is finished. Are disposable vapes different from regular vapes? Not really. Their core difference is in the fact that they can’t be refilled and reused. The core makeup of a disposable is the same as a regular kit, a coil, a battery and e-liquid. Who are disposable vapes made for? You might also be wondering, is a disposable vape suitable for me and what I need to quit smoking. If you are a regular smoker, then a disposable like an Elf Bar is probably the easiest way for you to transition from smoking to vaping. What is the latest research? Fundamentally, disposable vapes are just as safe as any vape kit for the individual user. Publishing their 2022 Nicotine Vaping In England Report, the Office for Health Improvement & Disparities in the UK maintain that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking. Disposable vapes are fairly new on the scale they are seen at today. They have actually been around since about 2015 but have only gained mass popularity in 2021 following the release of new products like Elf Bar and Geek Bar. In their report, Public Health England do not raise any concerns with the safety of disposable vapes. Rather, they have concerns regarding the regulation of disposable vapes and many counterfeit producst entering the UK market. They also raise concerns with increasing youth vaping as a result of disposable vape popularity. Are disposable vapes legal? Yes. Disposable vapes like all vaping products in the UK are regulated, but disposable vapes remain legal to buy in the UK. What are the regulations? As per the Tobacco Products Directive which is regulated by the European Union but still applies to the UK, all vape kits must have tanks that are a maximum e-liquid capacity of 2ml. This is why some disposable vapes are in fact illegal, but this is because they don’t fall in line with the regulation. Disposable vapes like the Elux Legend (not including the mini) and the RandM Tornado devices are in fact illegal in the UK. This is because they often have around 3000-7000 puffs. It is not possible to get this many puffs from one 2ml vape tank without refilling. Therefore, if you see a disposable vape with more than 800 puffs, you should be suspicious that is almost definitely illegal and then may not be safe. How to make sure you are getting a legitimate disposable vape? Check for authenticity QR codes that take you to the brands website. Most mainstream disposables like Elf Bar, Geek Bar ELUX and IVG all have this on their packaging. Always buy from a reputable vaping company or a reputable shop, not a convenience store. Only buy vapes that have a maximum puffs of 800. Sensible approach to disposable vaping The vaping industry has for many years been subject to a lot of misinformation, usually peddled by companies with a vested interest in preventing people actually quitting smoking. This hasn’t changed and has actually intensified with the rise in the popularity in disposable vaping. Media companies have one ultimate goal, for you to click on their stories and digest their content so they can prove to advertisers that they are still a valuable platform. Driving website traffic is so important for the continuation of these companies so scare stories and misleading headlines are a sure way to get you to engage. We recommend taking a sensible approach to disposable and all forms of vaping. When there is a scare story or a shocking headline, be sure to read the article as more often than not, the content of the article or post is very different to its headline. It is crucially important to fact check any media claims and check the source of the information, especially on social media. It is very easy to create click bait videos that claim to be from a reputable source but actually are not. Vaping is almost definitely NOT safer than nothing, so we maintain that if you do not smoke, do not vape. This is the most sensible approach you can take, vaping isn’t cool and it certainly isn’t something you should try if you don’t smoke. Vaping with nicotine IS addictive, and it can be a very tough habit to kick when it sets in, that’s not something you want if you aren’t trying to quit smoking. In Conclusion Disposable vapes are as safe as regular vapes. This means they are not safer than doing nothing, but they are safer than smoking by at least 95%. The greatest harm of disposable vapes remains their environmental impact as they are not a sustainable way of vaping given their throwaway nature. If you’d like help to choose a refillable vape kit, you can contact our team at [email protected] where we will be able to assist you in choosing both disposable vapes and refillable alternatives that are as close to the disposable flavour as possible.