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When you talk about e-cig safety, you will notice that most of the advice that you get pertains to the batteries and the coils that are used in these devices. What you may not be aware of is that care should also be taken when it comes to the juices and flavorings used with these. Juice care and safety is important, not only for yourself, but particularly when you have small kids and pets in the house.
While e-juices are safe to use in your e-cigs, the mere fact that these contain nicotine in them should make you exercise caution. Nicotine is, after all, a toxic substance that when it comes in contact with your skin, can do you harm. Taking in too much of it will also be very dangerous to you. To ensure that no harm comes to you or those around you due to the e-juice that you are using, it might be a good idea to follow these safety rules:
- Store your e-liquids away from the reach of pets and children – you know for a fact that a lot of these liquids smell like candy. Flavors that include cotton candy, mint chocolate chip, and the like can smell amazing to kids, and even to pets. If you leave these liquids in an area that kids can easily access, you are asking for trouble. One whiff of the sweet smelling liquid and they may think that they have a candy-like liquid they can drink in their hands. Make sure that your kids and pets are safe by keeping these in a locked storage unit that they can never access. Do the same for your vapes.
- When you accidentally spill e-juice on yourself, wash this off immediately – as mentioned earlier, nicotine is a toxic substance that should never come in contact with your skin. Even if the amount of nicotine in your e-juice is somewhat diluted, you should know that your skin can and will absorb whatever nicotine is in your juice. When your e-juice label says that it has 24mg of nicotine in it, this means that every ml of juice has that much nicotine in it. If you spill around 4 ml of this liquid on your skin, you are essentially exposing yourself to 4 x 24mg of nicotine, and the lethal dose of this according to the CDC is 60mg.
- Decrease your nicotine levels if you are a chain vaper – most people who are used to chain smoking often find themselves using a higher concentration of nicotine in their juices. What they may not realize is that, if they chain smoke their vapes with a liquid that contains a high level of nicotine in it, they are opening themselves up to nicotine poisoning. If you find yourself chain vaping, it is advisable that you use an e-liquid that has a smaller amount of nicotine in it. This will help you avoid the symptoms and dangers of nicotine poisoning, while still getting the buzz you want from the nicotine in your liquids when you vape incessantly.
These are just a few of the e-liquid safety rules you need to follow religiously to help prevent accidents from happening. Another thing you might want to keep in mind is that, if you are a beginner at vaping, and are unsure whether or not you are allergic to propylene glycol, try out a small amount of this kind of e-liquid first before buying your entire stock. If you find that your throat itches after vaping with this substance, switch to the hypoallergenic vegetable glycerin type of e-juices.