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Is My Vape Device Radioactive?


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Recently, the mainstream media have been expressing concern regarding potential for radioactive ingredients inside vape devices. But do we have something to worry about? Or is it all just fake news?

Recent media sources have reported stories on the potential for radioactive minerals to be included within vape devices. This comes as the UK Vaping Industry Association cautions the mass media against sensationalism and the distribution of misleading headlines.

What are the risks of radioactive vapes?

The Business Management Journal recently reported a story which claimed that vaping too much as a teenager could expose children to toxic lead and uranium poisoning.

Where to start with this one?

If you live in the UK, there is no uranium in your vape device. There is no lead in your vape device, either. That is of, course, if you bought your vape device from a reputable source.

And this is where it gets a little bit technical. Because if you are buying cheap vapes imported by less than reputable dealers, then there is a chance that your vape device could contain lead. This is because the laws in one country regarding production of vapes and vape juices is not the same as the law in another country.

So what might be perfectly legal for a vape in Kazakhstan might be criminal for a vape within the UK. Certainly US style vape devices are not allowed within the UK according to governmental legislation.

To answer the question of if your vape device is radioactive, the answer for UK citizens using quality vape juices is absolutely not. For everyone else? We can’t vouch for them.

UK legislation protects the content of vape juices

There are many ingredients within vape devices in other countries which are not allowed within the UK. One of these could be lead. Whether or not you could find uranium inside your vape device is quite another question. Until today, we never thought it possible.

While it is completely banned in the production of vape juices within the UK that doesn't mean that it's banned in other countries. This is the same for products such as Diacetyl which is used in the production of some vape juices in the USA. Diacetyl is closely linked to certain types of lung cancer and will potentially give you popcorn lung.

Since the UK bans these chemicals and closely regulates what chemicals can be placed within a vape juice, we don't have the same threat of disease resulting from vape use.

Where did this myth come from?

Given that there is the presence of polonium-210 - radioactive substance - within cigarette smoke, it is understandable that critics of vape devices might think that this same chemical is present in a vape device.

What naysayers fail to understand is that there are round about 3990 less chemicals in a vape device then there are in your 4000 chemical strong cigarette. The two are not the same.

Is vaping safe?

Vaping is not 100% safe. The best thing you can do for your lung health is to avoid both cigarettes and vapes altogether. However, if you are an ex-smoker looking for a good way to quit smoking, then we refer you to our shop at

You can switch to a vape device and save your lungs 95% of the damage they would otherwise get if they stuck to cigarettes. Remember - cigarettes actually contain radioactive material. They are the things that you should be wary of.