After arriving on the scene, disposable vapes are all the rage right now with products such as the Geek Bar proving particularly popular. But after some alarming reports about‘super strong’ disposable vapes emerged in the media recently, lately we’ve noticed a lot of our customers asking questions like “are Geek Bars too strong?” and “how much nicotine is in a Geek Bar?”.
If you’re one of those vapers wondering if the Geek Bar nicotine content might be too much to handle, or you’re just curious to know what your disposable vape is packing, fear not as we’re on-hand with all the answers.
What are Geek Bars?
Geek Bars are disposable vaping devices that come pre-filled with e-liquid and a pre-charged battery. They are designed to be used once and then disposed of, eliminating the need for refilling or recharging. Geek Bars are available in a variety of flavors and nicotine strengths and are popular among vapers who want a convenient and hassle-free vaping experience. They are also small and discreet, making them easy to carry and use on-the-go.
Geek Bars have divided opinion since they arrived on the scene, with a certain section of hardcore vapers unimpressed by a product they see as wasteful and restrictive.
Nonetheless, it looks as though disposables are here to stay so let’s clear up a few misconceptions about the amount of nicotine they contain.
Rules on Nicotine in Vape Devices
Without trying to bore you to death, before we get into exactly how much nicotine is in a Geek Bar, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the rules and regulations around vape products.
In 2016, the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was introduced for EU member states, and with that came a raft of brand-new regulation for the manufacturing and sale of tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
Since then, for a vape device or e-liquid to be sold in the UK, it must conform to the regulations set out by the TPD, which dictate the following:
- How much a vape tank can hold
- Maximum strength of nicotine in an e-liquid
- All products must be submitted to MHRA before sale
- All product must have relevant health warning and info
How Much Nicotine is in a Geek Bar?
As a result of the rules put in place by the TPD, vape products including disposables are only available in certain strengths and volumes in the UK.
As such, in line with the TPD’s regulations, the tank in each device must be capable of holding no more than 2ml of e-liquid, while the nicotine strength is also capped at 20mg/ml (20%).
The Geek Bar comes in three different variations: the standard Geek Bar, the Geek Bar Lite and the Geek Bar Pro. When we take a look at the standard Geek Bar and the Geek Bar Lite, we can see both of these models are TPD-compliant.
The Standard Geek Bar contains 2ml of e-liquid with 40mg of nicotine, whilst the Geek Bar Lite comes with 1.8ml e-liquid with the same liquid:nicotine ratio.
So Why the Media Frenzy?
So now we know the Geek Bar nicotine percentage and we can see these disposable devices conform to the rigorous standards of the EU, you might well be asking what all the fuss is about and why the media is printing these scare stories.
“Super-strong Geek Bar vape craze causing health scare in kids” and “Health fears over new craze among young people for super-strength nicotine devices” are just some of the headlines published recently, but never ones to let the truth get in the way of a good story we can see the media has taken something out of context and tried to spin it into a juicier story.
This is nothing new. Here in the vaping industry we’re used to sensationalist publications printing outlandish stories to get clicks. Nevertheless, it’s still disappointing to see the media take a product that doesn’t comply with EU regulation and hold it up as an example of why Geek Bars are dangerous to people in the UK.