I was mooching around Twitter / X and found a very informative post from Lincolnshire Trading Standards advising how to spot a dodgy vape and I thought it was too good not to share.

spot a dodgy vape preview

In this article I will be concentrating on two scenarios…

  • Illegal vapes – these do not comply with the TPD regulations and will have either higher nicotine strengths than 20mg or will contain more than 2ml of e-liquid.
  • Counterfeit vapes – this are the scary ones!

Illegal Vapes

These are not necessarily a huge concern as the issue is most likely to be that they have a bigger capacity or stronger nicotine than is permitted.

You should check on the manufacturer’s website that they are authentic if this is possible.

If they are authentic the risk is lower, but they could still be using ingredients or technology which is not permitted in the UK.

Counterfeit Vapes

fake vape

These are the scary ones.

You have no idea of what ingredients these contain plus the electrics may be substandard and even dangerous.

Again if you are not sure if they are legit, visit the manufacturer’s website and run a verification check if it is possible.

How Do You Spot A Dodgy Vape?

We have a guide to checking if your vape is authentic. This will help guide you through the online verification process and we have collated links from most of the major brands.

I have posted the original image I saw in the Tweet from Lincolnshire Trading Standards below as it is a really great guide.

Report any sellers who are retailing dodgy vapes. We need these to be out of circulation as they have the potential to harm people and also give negative view of vaping.

spot a dodgy vape

You can see the original Tweet / X Post below

Michelle

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

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