Vaping and vapes have become a worldwide phenomenon. While widely regarded as safer than smoking cigarettes, there are still some risks associated with the act. It’s important to know the basics of safe vaping. Here, we will discuss the top 5 ways you can vape safely.
1. Understand your battery.
This tip only applies if you’re using a modified vape. All-in-one devices are typically designed to meet safety regulations. However, when using a modded vape, it’s possible for the device to draw the wrong level of power from the battery. Always do your research and make sure your device and the battery you are using are compatible, and make sure you use the right settings. When in doubt, stick to combinations recommended by your local vape shop.
2. Know your ingredients.
There are many ingredients typically used in vape juice or e-liquid recipes. The most common base ingredients are vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). Both vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol are considered safe for consumption, however, it’s not yet clear how they react when heated and vaped. Generally, vegetable glycerin is considered to be a safer and more natural product than propylene glycol. Some people prefer e-liquids that use vegetable glycerin and avoid propylene glycol, however, PG is still used because it products a strong “throat hit” which mimics a cigarette. Whatever your preference, make sure to read the label and understand what you’re vaping.
3. Be careful with nicotine.
Many vape stores offer concentrated nicotine products that can be diluted in another vape liquid, either to make it stronger or to simply add nicotine to a product that does not contain any. However, it’s important to dose nicotine safely, as it is possible to consume an overdose. Follow the instructions on the label and avoid megadosing nicotine. If you spill nicotine-containing liquid on yourself, wash it off immediately and monitor yourself for any signs of nicotine overconsumption. Symptoms include sweating, confusion, anxiety, nausea, and lightheadedness.
4. Don’t leave your vape in the car.
Like many sensitive electronic devices, vaporizers can overheat easily in a car. When bringing your vape with you, make sure to carry it on your person and avoid leaving it in the car. If your vape is left in the car, it can overheat and potentially explode. While this is an unlikely scenario, it’s certainly possible to do serious damage to your mod and the liquid inside. Play it safe by keeping your vape out of a hot car.
5. Keep your vape and juice away from children and pets.
Vapes and vape juice can look like toys or candy to children, and they may accidentally be consumed by pets too. It’s important to treat your vape like you would alcohol or cigarettes by keeping it out of reach of children and pets. Make sure your kids understand that vape liquid is dangerous and is not to be consumed, even though it may smell good.