So.. You've just been to go and get your favourite disposable, however, you've noticed it's not quite right. What's the first thing you think? "Is it fake"?
In this article we will discuss how to spot the difference between a fake vs genuine disposable as well as links to the manufactures to verify the authentication of your device.
The top 10 signs your disposable may be a fake:
- Does the flavour match the description?
- Is there any spelling or grammatical errors?
- Is there a UK importation address and contact details?
- Does the hologram look real?
- Is there a batch number and authentication codes?
- Is there the relevant TPD markings?
- Is the price too good to be true?
- Does it taste metallic?
- Does it match the advertised puff count?
- Do the manufactures' logo look different?
Below are some images of fake disposables.
The UK market for disposables has surged within the last year and a half. However, people have taken advantage of this by copying original designs and recipe's. These are made using really cheap chemicals which can cause harm to a person.
There has also been a surge in the UK of non compliant TPD disposables such as the 'ELUX Legend 3500', which are illegal in the UK. This means that a handful of retailers are finding other means of sourcing these. This is where the risk of fake ones come into play.
You may have seen or heard that there is panic regarding disposables are causing people to have severe nose bleeds and to cough up blood. There are 2 main causes of this which we will explain.
The first cause of this is the usage of cheap chemicals during manufacture which are not compliant with the MHRA substances regulated for e-cigarettes.
The second reason is the fact that disposables are 2% (2omg/ml). This is equivalent to 20 cigarettes and people are getting though around 3 disposables a day. That's 60 cigarettes worth of nicotine. Nicotine is a stimulant that raises blood pressure in the body. When blood pressure rises too much the pressure must be released. The easiest way for blood to be released from the body is through the nose, stomach and ears.
The easiest way to check to see if your disposable device is authentic is to visit the manufactures website (listed at the end of this article) and enter the authentication code. If this comes back as not authentic you need to contact the retailer you purchased the device from and explain your findings. You can also report findings to your local trading standards. If you have used a non authentic device and feel unwell we highly recommend you consult a doctor taking with you any packaging from the device.
if you need any advice or want a chat about any issues you have you can either contact us or leave a comment below.
Here is the list to verify authentication for different brands.