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There's nothing worse than finding out you've wasted your hard-earned money on fake products that are inferior or dangerous to use.
While normal e-liquid contains a mix of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), flavours and (usually) nicotine, the mix of fake e-liquids is unknown and may even contain other chemicals. Read our ultimate guide to e-liquid to find out more about different types of vape juice.
Fake e-liquids may also contain higher concentrations of nicotine. Under EU law, the highest concentration of nicotine that can be legally sold is 2% or 20mg. Fake vape juice (even that found inside disposable vapes) that contains higher concentrations can be potentially dangerous to the user.
It is rare for a person to consume so much nicotine that it becomes toxic, but it can happen and can result in unwanted stimulant effects, such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate, tremors and seizures.
To sell tobacco or vaping products in the UK, companies are required to notify the MHRA about their intention to sell the device. Once it has been checked, the MHRA will list the vape device or e-liquid on their website. The device will be assigned a code known as an ECID, which can be used to complete a vape authenticity check.
When buying e-liquids here are some things to consider to be sure of a complete vape authenticity check:
To avoid a fake vape, here are some things to consider:
Authentic vaping products have many regulatory standards they must pass before they can be sold. The government stated that the market for counterfeit vaping products has transformed over the past years.
Below, you will find a comprehensive list of links to complete a vape authenticity check on your vape products.
There are a lot of fake vape products being sold by different vendors. These products include counterfeit vape kits and disposable vapes. The most popular vape brand is Elf Bar and they have an Elf Bar Verify page where you can check if your vape product is authentic.
"The best advice to smokers is that if you smoke, vape instead – but if you don’t smoke don’t vape. Vaping offers a much less harmful option for smokers who want to quit tobacco but we need to ensure that the products for sale comply with the UK regulations." - Trading Standards 2023
Most vape products will feature a sticker or label on the side of the product packaging that contains a unique authenticity code. This security code can then be used to check if the product is authentic directly on the brand's official website. This way, you can avoid being sold unauthentic products, such as fake elf bars or fake crystal vapes.
If you are in any doubt about the authenticity of the product you have bought, then the links below can be used to check if your product is genuine.
With such a rapid growth of disposable vapes being sold by companies with no experience within the vape industry, we thought it would be useful to have some tips on how to spot a fake vape.
Don’t get caught out by these imitation products; shop reputable, shop responsibly, and shop safely.
Hopefully, this guide will help you complete a vape authenticity check and keep you safe while vaping.
If you think you may have bought a fake vape or an illegal device meant for international markets, always contact the manufacturer and if you need to take it further, get in touch with your local Trading Standards office who will be able to give you more information on how to conduct a proper vape authenticity check.
When buying vape products, it's always worth checking that you are buying from an established and trustworthy store, such as Tablites.
Tablites buys directly from the top manufacturers and their set distributors, so we know that every item we stock is genuine, to ensure the products we sell offer the best experience but are, most importantly, safe for you to use.
Fake vaping products do not follow this procedure, meaning the contents have not passed standard health and safety checks and increase the likelihood of potential dangers.