Filling an e-cig cartomizer or cartridge doesn’t always go as smoothly as planned. It’s easy to end up with small pool of e-liquid on your desk if you’re not careful topping up the juice. Nicotine is classed as a poison and you should see a warning to that effect on the bottle labelling. If you’re not in the habit of being neat and tidy, it’s in your best interest to be so when it comes to e-liquid.
Try your best not to make contact with your eyes, mouth and skin. Nicotine is a poison that is quickly absorbed through the skin. If you’re using high strength juice (18-36mg) then I would urge even more caution when handling. Rinse out your mouth and wash your skin immediately if they come into contact with e-liquid. Anyone I know who vapes has had the unpleasant experience of a mouthful of juice at some point, it can happen. Don’t wait until you’re finished refilling your carto or doing anything else. Wash the affected area immediately and thoroughly.
Child and Pet Safety
If the full nicotine content of a cigarette was administered to a mouse in one dose, it would kill it instantly. This is why it’s imperative that you don’t leave e-liquid bottles lying around after use (especially an open bottle!). Children and pets are far more susceptible to the risk of nicotine poisoning.
If possible, lock away your e-liquids where you’re certain they can’t be accessed. Always replace the child safety cap and clean the surface area of any spillages after filling or cleaning. That includes tissues or anything else that has come into contact with e-liquid. A small dose could be enough to make a small child feel ill. Juices can smell very enticing and we all know just how curious and inquisitive young children can be, I can’t stress this enough. Keep your e-liquids out of reach and away from children and pets.
Storage Instructions & Use by Dates
Using a liquid that has exceeded its use by date won’t have any major adverse effects. Overtime however, nicotine concentration levels will diminish in your juice. The rate at which this occurs is determined by how well liquids are stored. The general shelf life given by most producers is 2 years.
It’s best to keep it stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Don’t expose to direct sunlight for prolonged periods and always replace the cap. Exposure to air and sunlight can reduce nicotine levels at a faster rate. This occurs regardless over time, but poor storage conditions can accelerate the process. Continuous exposure to strong sunlight resulting in a constant warming and cooling effect can also alter the taste of your liquid. The ideal place to store them is in a fridge, but this is only really necessary for long term storage.
Disposal of E-Liquid
You should never pour e-liquid or nicotine down any sink or drain, it’s very harmful to aquatic life and there is always a risk it can contaminate ground water. There are a few options for safely disposing juices that won’t harm the environment. One option is for cat owners, make sure it’s the stuff that absorbs moisture, if so you can put some kitty litter into a sealable plastic bag and simply pour in the juice. Seal it up and and put it in the garbage, maybe double wrap for safe measure. The second option is for those who drink fresh coffee, it’s the same drill as above but using dry filtered ground coffee, pour it in and put it into the garbage can.
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