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Electronic cigarettes and «spitting». Why does this happen?

By IQOS Team

Electronic cigarettes and «spitting».

Vape spitting is an issue that some adult vapers - or even non-vapers - may have encountered. There are different reasons why a vape could be spitting liquid, from incorrect wattage levels to a degraded coil.

Reasons for a vape spitting liquid

There are several reasons why vape spitting might occur, so let’s have a look at some of them:

  • A vape’s wattage is incorrect – for instance, when the wattage is too low, the vape may not be able to heat the e-liquid fast enough to vapourise it correctly.
  • A coil has degraded – the interior of a coil might flood with e-liquid once it has degraded. This could cause the vape to spit liquid, trying to get rid of the excess amount.
  • The coil is over-primed – when too much e-liquid is added around the coil (for example, during a coil change), excess e-liquid could result in a vape spitting.
  • The airflow is blocked - when this occurs, a vape may not work properly. It might be possible to clear the airflow by cleaning the mouthpiece.
  • The e-liquid is not suitable – an incorrect e-liquid could result in a spitting vape. Check the manufacturer’s advice if you are unsure about the right type of e-liquid to use.

What can you do to prevent a vape from spitting?

Taking care of a device may keep it working and help preserve its longevity. The following precautionary measures might help in preventing future vape spitting incidents.

  • Fill the tank carefully and do not overfill it – also consider that the method of cleaning the mouthpiece could mitigate a problem like excess e-liquid, where the tank is overfilled.
  • Replace coils regularly - as with any component, coils typically degrade over time. Coils are a vape component that should be changed when necessary.
  • Monitor the Vegetable Glycerine (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG) ratio in your e-liquid - both of these are common e-liquid ingredients. Some devices require an e-liquid that has a 50/50 balance of VG and PG. Other devices may have alternative requirements. Check the suitability of the e-liquid in use according to the manufacturer’s guidance.
  • Avoid modifying the vape – many manufacturers recommend you do not adjust your vape to maximize its vapour production, as this can cause vapes to malfunction, or even stop working altogether.
  • Practise good maintenance – manufacturers usually recommend regular vape cleaning. Wipe the mouthpiece and remove e-liquid residue from the chimney and beneath the coil to soak up any excess.
  • Store the device correctly – follow manufacturer guidance on how to correctly store your vape. Specifically, if you own an IQOS VEEV, store it in the original packaging at room temperature and in a place inaccessible to children.

In general, issues such as spitting and leaks in vapes or even vape crackling and popping sounds may be prevented with proper care routines.

The electronic cigarette by IQOS

For those adults who would prefer a vaping device but don’t want to deal with vape spitting, there is a solution for you! The IQOS VEEV is a closed pod system vape, which uses MESH™ heating technology to prevent overheating of the e-liquid.

IQOS VEEV uses prefilled VEEV pods, which guarantee the right amount of e-liquid and no need to replace wick and coil. However, IQOS VEEV is also not harmless, as it contains nicotine, which is addictive.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Smoking alternatives are not risk free. They deliver nicotine, which is addictive. They are intended for use by adults who would otherwise continue to smoke or use nicotine products and are by no means a cessation method.
The best option to reduce the health risks associated with the use of tobacco and nicotine products is to quit their use altogether. However, for those adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, switching completely to vaping or heated tobacco products could be a better choice than continuing to smoke.

These products are not risk free and provide nicotine, which is addictive. Only for use by adults.