Are Disposable Vapes as Harmful as Cigarettes?

Disposable vapes have become increasingly popular in recent years as a convenient and discreet way to consume nicotine or other substances. To some ex-smokers, disposable vapes are a go-to or even a starting-point into the world of vaping. However, there are concerns about the safety of disposable vapes, particularly with regards to their potential impact on public health.

Is there any harmful chemicals in disposable vapes?

One of the main concerns about disposable vapes is their potential to contain harmful chemicals. Disposable vapes use E-Liquid, which is a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, flavourings, and nicotine. While the long-term effects of inhaling these substances are not fully understood, it is widely agreed that it is less harmful than cigarette smoking but like anything this can differ between users. In fact, a recent evidence review in the UK once again confirmed that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.

We do know that some elements such as propylene glycol have been shown to irritate the respiratory system and cause allergic reactions in some people. Should you feel like you have any problems after vaping, please stop vaping and see a medical practioner for an evaluation.

Countless studies have recognised that the chemicals present in vapes are significantly lower than those in cigarettes – including ex-smokers who use E-Cigarettes. In terms of risk, vaping is much less harmful than smoking but is not completely risk-free. This is why vaping and disposable vapes are not suggested for use for those who do not smoke.

Safety concerning electrical devices

Another concern about disposable vapes is their potential to explode or catch fire. There have been reports of disposable vapes exploding or catching fire, often resulting in serious injury. These incidents are typically caused by defects in the battery but can also be caused by user error. For example, using a disposable vape with a damaged battery can increase the risk of an explosion or fire.


Disposable vapes are single use products and users should not try to recharge the battery, unless specified by the manufacturer, for safety reasons. Before using your disposable vape you should make sure to check that the device is not damaged in any way and when vaping, if it becomes too hot to handle then immediately stop using the device as there may be a fault.

It is important to use caution when using disposable vapes and to follow the manufacturer's instructions for use to minimize the risk of harm.

How do you know if your disposable vape is safe?

There are several ways that you can verify the safety of your disposable vapes. Make sure that your disposable vape is made with high-quality materials and following good manufacturing practices can help reduce the risk of defects and malfunctions. Choosing to buy ESMA approved disposable vapes is a good way to ensure you’re getting the best possible.

Some disposable vapes come equipped with safety features such as short-circuit protection and automatic shut-off to reduce the risk of explosions or fires. For this reason, you should be wary of illicit and fake vapes as they may not meet the same sort of standards.

It is worth noting that while these measures can help improve the safety of disposable vapes, they cannot eliminate all risk. As with any product, especially battery-operated products, it is important to use caution and follow the manufacturer's instructions when using disposable vapes.

ESMA approved vapes must adhere to strict guidelines that help to ensure a high level of safety and quality. Those that aren’t manufactured by ESMA approved manufacturers, or sold by certified retailers, may not be safe for you to vape. Here at My Vapery, we make every effort to stock ESMA approved vape products that have been tested for efficacy and safety. When you shop with My Vapery you can be sure that you are getting the very best there is to offer.