4 easy tips to avoid (or fix) a leaky vape

Vapers love their vaping devices, and when they begin to leak, they can become the bane of our very existence.  Tossing them into the garbage seems a bit over-reactionary, but continuing to use them in their current state seems rather silly, too.   

Leaky vape tanks don’t really cause much harm.  They’re just messy.  But it’s one of life’s little annoyances that only seems to get bigger and bigger over time.  Instead of buying a replacement device, consider these four useful tips for fixing or avoiding a drippy vape tank.

1.  Fill the tank properly and avoid overfill.

Do you know what causes most vape tanks to leak?  It’s the way in which we fill them with e-liquids. Atomizers have a thin tube which extends from the coil to the mouthpiece.  If you accidentally drip a few drops of juice into that tube, the device is likely to leak. 

Best practice for e-liquid refills is to tilt the device to the approximate angle that you would use when vaping in real life – similar to the angle that you would pour a glass of beer to avoid too much froth.  Now drip the e-juice down the side of the tank and as far away from the center tube as possible. If some juice does manage to find its way into the tube, consider holding a piece of tissue over one end while blowing the excess out of the other. 

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Furthermore, always keep in mind that no one ever vapes with the device in a perfect, 180-degree position.  We tilt them ever so slightly as we lift them to our lips to vape.  If you fill the tank to 100% capacity, the chances of small amounts of e-liquid making its way into the tubular connection when we tilt them increases significantly.

2.  Tighten ALL components properly – not just the tank lid.

There are two “gaps” on almost any vaping device that can easily lead to leaks.  The first gap occurs at the base of the coil where it connects with the atomizer.  The second is located between the tank and the coil.  While we must always remember to tighten the top of the tank after refilling the device with e-liquid, making sure that the individual components at each of these gaps are fastened together properly and snuggly is also critically important.

3.  Check – and perhaps replace – the O-rings.

As you are checking the vaping device to ensure that the tank, coil, and atomizer are securely and properly fastened, make sure to also check the O-rings.  They are small, rubber, and donut-shaped – very much like a washer used in water faucets or Ikea furniture fasteners.  In many cases, you may be required to take apart the tank itself in order to view the O-rings. 

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Do the O-rings appear dry?  If so, then they may not need replacing.  However, if they appear wet on any part of the surface or if they appear degraded or out of position in any way, then you may need to replace them with fresh ones.  Buying new O-rings is infinitely cheaper than purchasing a whole new vaping device, but most tanks already come with a few spares.  Best practice typically involves the use of a toothpick or a pair of tweezers for easy removal of the old O-rings.

4. Consider switching to a higher VCG e-liquid.

There are two major ingredients of vape juices:  Propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Propylene glycol is a very thin, watery substance, and vegetable glycerin is thicker and more syrupy.  If you happen to be purchasing a higher-PG vape juice, it stands to reason that the vaping device is more prone to leaking.  Before rushing to the computer to order a new vape pen, consider experimenting with a high-VG e-juice instead. 

Other additional options might include increasing the power settings of the device so that more of the vape juice burns with each puff.  Or you could consider adding a bit more wicking material to the coil to enhance the absorption rate, too.  And lastly, always be sure to store your device in an upright position whenever possible, even in between puffs.  Doing so may not completely resolve the leakage issue, but it should minimize its messy effects.

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In case you missed it: VTA sues FDA for ‘moving the goalposts’ of PMTA

The Vapor Technology Association (VTA) in coordination with Vapor Stockroom (VSR) filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.   The lawsuit accuses the federal agencies of imposing an “unreasonable and arbitrary” deadline of May 11, 2019 on the Pre-Market Tobacco Applications (PMTA) process as originally identified in the revised deeming regulations of 2016.

The main point of contention, according to a VTA press release,  is that this deadline keeps moving. The latest variation was only recently announced in mid-July and fast-forwards the compliance requirements by over a year. 

“Since 2016, FDA has provided five different PMTA submission deadlines: August 8, 2018; November 8, 2018; August 8, 2022; August 8, 2021; and now May 12, 2020. The most recent deadline was only just established on July 12, 2019 – leaving a scant ten months for vapor industry manufacturers to attempt to comply, which is now 27 months earlier than previously set by FDA.”

Thanks to a prior court ruling against the public health agency earlier this summer, the vaping industry now has less than 10-months to submit applications for each and every product or be forced to pull their stock from store shelves. In the former case filed by The American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. district court Judge Paul W. Grimm ruled that the FDA acted illegally when it moved forward the August 8, 2018 PMTA deadline by four years to August 8, 2022. 

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The FDA could have contested the new time limit with Judge Grimm, but it refused to do so.  Meanwhile, the vaping community is now at risk of losing over three million vapor products if the new VTA lawsuit fails in court.  The plaintiffs maintain that vapor manufacturers cannot possibly “conduct the many complex and time-consuming tests and studies currently being required” in just a few short months. 

Furthermore, the FDA has yet to fully clarify the necessary guidelines and requirements for the supporting scientific documentation which must accompany each application per the FDA deeming regulations.  VTA Executive Director Tony Abboud is seemingly growing increasingly frustrated by the non-stop confusion surrounding the PMTA and its potentially devastating effects on thousands of small and mid-sized vape shops around the country.

“FDA’s constantly shifting regulatory process is wholly unreasonable, unfair and unlawful. The Agency has failed to provide advance notice or an opportunity for public comment as required by the Administrative Procedure Act. Grossly accelerating the deadlines and then repeatedly changing the already onerous requirements is unacceptable under any regulatory regime…”
“It is time for FDA to stop moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game to the detriment of our manufacturers and small businesses.” 

Last week’s VTA lawsuit is essentially seeking “preliminary and permanent injunctive relief” from the court which would create a sort of legal domino effect resulting in the following.

      • The FDA would be forced to issue new and fully complete rules governing the PMTA process, including the specifications required for the supporting testing and scientific data.
      • The FDA would be required to establish yet another PMTA deadline that is “reasonable” and based on the fully clarified rules and guidelines.
      • The FDA would be prohibited from taking law enforcement actions on any vapor product until after the new and revised PMTA deadline occurs.
      • The prior court ruling of Judge Grimm and its related 10-month PMTA deadline would become void, pending the new and improved PMTA rules and guidelines.   

The VTA lawsuit filed last week in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals now awaits a judge’s decision to either allow or deny the case to move forward.  If the judge issues the requested federal injunction, then the VTA will have forty days to file its initial legal brief.  From there, the final ruling could be held up in court for several months or perhaps just a few days. 

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In case you missed it: VTA sues FDA for ‘moving the goalposts’ of PMTA

Vapor Technology Association (VTA) sues FDA over fast-tracked approval process for vaping products:
“FDA’s constantly shifting regulatory process is wholly unreasonable, unfair and unlawful…Grossly accelerating the deadlines and then repeatedly changing the already onerous requirements is unacceptable under any regulatory regime…”
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Research shows 8 out of 10 autistic children may benefit from CBD therapies

An Israeli CBD study indicates that approximately 80 percent of autism children experienced notable declines in their problematic behaviors. About half of the 60 participants witnessed tremendous progress in their speaking and communication abilities.
#autism #CBD #cannabinoid #hemp #cannabis #vaping
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