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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 worse dangerous to use.
Whilst 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.
Fake e-liquids may also contain higher concentrations of nicotine. Under EU law the highest strength 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 a tobacco (or vaping) product in Great Britain, 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.
When buying vaping gear it's always worth checking that you are buying from an established and trustworthy store such as TABlites.
TABlites buy direct 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 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.
When buying e-liquids here are some things to consider:
When buying devices here are some things to consider:
Authentic vaping products have many regulatory standards they must pass before they can be sold. This means you can be sure
Below you will find a comprehensive list of links to check the authenticity of 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 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."
Most vape products will feature a sticker/label on the side of the product packaging which 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.
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 or illegal disposable vape pen.
Don’t get caught out by these imitation products; shop reputable, shop responsibly, and shop safely.
Hopefully, this guide will help you with product verification and keep you safe whilst 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 trading standards.