Customers have been raising concerns with us regarding the recent news events in the US linking vaping products to illness and deaths. This has been reported on as a problem with vaping products as a whole, and used to tar the whole industry using the same brush. This is not the case. None of the products sold at KIX, or in the UK and Ireland, have been implicated in any illnesses.
- All of the vaping related deaths and illnesses in the US are related to pre-filled vape carts containing the illegal (in Ireland and the UK) compound THC. THC is the psychoactive component in marijuana. As marijuana has recently been decriminalised in parts of the US, THC vape cartridges have become widely available. No such product is available at KIX, or at any vape store in the UK or Ireland.
- THC vape cartridges are filled with either cannabis oil, or cannabis extract suspended in oil. None of the products sold by KIX vaping are pre-filled cartridges or oil based vapes. We sell e-liquid based on propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, compounds that have been safely vaped by millions of people for over a decade. No propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine based products have been implicated in any of the cases in the US.
THC oil cartridges that have caused the spate of lung diseases in America are the result of unregulated products. Tests by the US Food and Drug Administration have revealed that the cartridges causing illness contain vitamin E acetate, an oil derived from vitamin E. This compound is found in cheaper, unregulated vape cartridges coming from other jurisdictions such as China. It is specifically these cheap, illegal and unregulated products that are causing harm to consumers. All products at KIX Vaping are regulated products.
We understand how customers will be concerned about vaping products, especially as a lot of the press around the cases in America has been alarmist and poorly reported on. We would like to reassure our customers that these cases are the result of a small amount of unregulated products in the US, of a completely different type of vaping product to those sold at KIX, and that all of our products are regulated and meet the highest standards.