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In this short post, we’re not going to go over the risks covered by the Government; instead, we’re going to give you safety tips to ensure that you have the safest vaping experiences possible:
Blame It On The Juice
The e-liquids market is booming, and that, unfortunately, means some shady and unregulated players are pawning low-quality juices off as the real thing online. Juice should generally have very few ingredients - PG/VG, flavourants, water, and nicotine. That’s it. When you buy from a party that you don’t trust, you might end up with the wrong amount of nicotine, low-quality fillers, or other junk that you don’t want in your juice.
Another thing to be careful of: juice/skin contact. Human skin is quite porous, so you can absorb a lot of the nicotine from your juice if you spill it on your skin. For very small amounts, you’re probably fine, but spill a whole bunch of juice on yourself and you might encounter a problem.
Fortunately, you’re reading this article - you can just wash it all off with water, because juice is water soluble.
Choose the Right Hardware
You don’t want to end up like the Electric Sun 20. There are all kinds of different manufacturers of mods, cigalikes, and other vaping devices on the market. Some of these manufacturers, like Juul and Vaporesso, are incredibly trustworthy. They’ve been in the business for years, they know how to make vapes, and they’re following strict government regulations.
Some other manufacturers? Not so much. Remember that in this glorious digital age, anyone can sell anything online, and there’s little to no guarantee that what they’re selling you is safe. Not sure which vape manufacturers you can trust? Come visit our vape shop in Winnipeg - we’ll give you all the details you need to make an informed choice.
Keep It On The Level
The level of nicotine you choose is one of the biggest factors impacting vaping safety - in a manner of speaking. A lot of folks vape in order to reduce their reliance on nicotine - in other words, vaping can be a tool to help you quit smoking. That is, if you’re not ingesting more nicotine through vaping than you were through cigarettes.
As we mentioned at the top (and as you almost definitely know), nicotine is addictive. When you absorb too much nicotine in a given time frame, you risk nicotine toxicity. Be careful about how much nicotine you vape, know the differences between regular juice and salt nic, and talk to your doctor if you plan on using vaping as a tool to stop smoking.
Don’t Get Too Experimental
The vape community loves to experiment. We’re all about creating our own juices, making new mods, and generally forwarding our hobby through all kinds of shenanigans and tests. We’re not going to advise anyone to not experiment - it’s fun, it’s exciting, and it’s one of the reasons our hobby has boomed to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today in such a short time.
What we do want, however, is for you to stay safe. Playing with electricity is dangerous. Playing with chemicals is dangerous. Want to experiment? Be careful. Wear the appropriate safety equipment. Read, a lot, before you try anything. Go on forums. Watch YouTube videos. Educate yourself. There are other people who, in all likeliness, have tread a similar path to the one you’re planning on walking.
All these rules add up to one thing: do your research. Learn about the manufacturers who are making your devices and juices. Learn how to use those devices and juices properly. Talk with your doctor about nicotine consumption. Knowledge is power, and in that power there is safety.