Are Elf Bars Bad for You? Elf Bar Myths Debunked

There's no denying the popularity that disposable vapes have seen in recent times. Whether your eyes have been caught by the brightly coloured sticks clutched in other vapers’ hands or find yourself caught amidst a cloud of fruity smelling vapour, disposable vapes are everywhere! Of all these disposables, one vape rules supreme and this the Elf Bar 600. In fact, when you think of disposables, Elf Bar is probably what you first think of. 

However, with this rise in popularity naturally comes questions and myths. From misconceptions about their rechargeability and waterproofness to their environmental impact, we will explore the most prevalent Elf Bar myths and provide accurate information to help users make informed decisions about their use of these products. Whether you are a current Elf Bar user or considering trying them out, this blog will provide valuable insights into the world of disposable vape products.

In this blog, we aim to debunk some of the common myths surrounding Elf Bars and shed light on the truth about these products. So, let's dive in and separate fact from fiction when it comes to Elf Bars.

Myth #1: Vapes are just as bad as cigarettes

It's a common myth that smoking vapes is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes. While both vapes and cigarettes contain nicotine, cigarettes also contain harmful chemicals like tar and carbon monoxide, which are not present in vapes. In fact, vaping is considered to be a significantly less harmful alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes with studies showing that vaping e-cigarettes is 95% safer than smoking. This is because it is believed that smokers inhale over 5,000 different chemicals, many of which pose significant health risks and long-term effects. 

Elf Bars are a type of vape that contain nicotine, but they lack the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. This means that users who switch from smoking to vaping with Elf Bars can potentially reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals and improve their overall health. However, it's worth noting that vaping is still not completely risk-free, and users should always use these products responsibly and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions to ensure optimal safety.

Elf Bars contain nicotine salt which is made up of a few main ingredients, including vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavourings and nicotine. Nicotine salt e-liquid contains significantly fewer harmful chemicals than what is found within cigarettes and as such are a much healthier alternative to smoking. 

Myth #2: Elf Bars are illegal in the UK

Elf Bars are completely legal to sell and use in the UK, but there are strict regulations in place surrounding vape products to ensure the safety of their use. Counterfeit and illegal disposable vapes can be spotted by a couple of key factors – the amounts of puffs in the vape device, the nicotine strength and the e-liquid capacity. 

The Elf Bar 600 gets its name from the fact that there are 600 puffs in the device before needing to be replaced, and this is the maximum number of puffs permitted in disposable vapes in the UK and EU. If you spot a vape device that boasts over 600 puffs, this is a clear sign that it is an illegal product, with some illegal disposable vapes offering up to 4000 puffs! TPD regulations in the EU also state that no e-liquid should have a nicotine strength of over 20mg or an e-liquid capacity of over 2ml. So, if you ever see a corner shop selling an Elf Bar that provides over 600 puffs, more than 2ml of e-liquid, or a nicotine strength more than 20mg, that’s a sure sign that you’re looking at an illegal product. 

Here at Vaping 101, we ensure that every product we sell from vapes to e-liquids abide by TPD regulations and are safe to use. 

Myth #3: Elf Bars are bad for the environment

While Elf Bars are made with recyclable materials, there are still environmental concerns surrounding disposable products in general. For example, there is the issue of waste management and the fact that disposable products often end up in landfills or oceans, contributing to pollution. 

Elf Bars themselves are not inherently worse for the environment than other disposable products. Some people argue that they may be more environmentally friendly than traditional smoking products, such as cigarettes, which produce harmful chemicals and are not biodegradable. In fact, research has shown that cigarette butts are the most littered object in the world. Due to the wide use of cigarettes and the inability to easily dispose of them in a safe way, many of them end up in the landfill or the ocean. 

Whilst Elf Bars are made of plastic, it's important for users to dispose of their Elf Bars responsibly and recycle the packaging to minimise their impact on the environment. 

Myth #4: Elf Bars are rechargeable

There is a misconception that Elf Bars are rechargeable, perhaps because of their sleek design and compact size. However, these specific vapes are actually designed to be disposable and cannot be recharged. They are designed to be used until the battery is depleted or the e-liquid has run out, at which point they are simply discarded. The battery life of an Elf Bar can vary depending on usage, but it typically lasts for several hundred puffs. Once the battery is exhausted, the Elf Bar will no longer produce vapour, and it should be disposed of properly.

It's worth noting that there are other types of vape products that are rechargeable, but Elf Bar 600s are not among them. For example, the Elf Bar ELFA is a rechargeable pod kit that has an identical design to the Elf Bar 600, being just as sleek and compact. However, this vape device also allows vapers to swap out replaceable pods that use the same flavours as their disposable vapes such as popular options including Elfbull and Blue Razz Lemonade. 

Myth #5: Elf Bars are waterproof

This is certainly one of the most important myths to debunk on this list due to the potential dangers this can pose. So, let's set the record straight – Elf Bars are not waterproof! Exposing them to water can cause damage to the device or make them malfunction. This myth can lead to many users vaping in the shower which is a big no no.

Users should avoid using Elf Bars near water sources such as bathtubs, swimming pools, or outdoor environments where they could be exposed to rain or humidity. If an Elf Bar accidentally comes into contact with water, it should be discarded immediately and not used again as it can cause the battery to short-circuit, posing a risk to the user's health and safety. It's important to note that while Elf Bars are designed to be convenient and easy to use, they should still be handled with care and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions to ensure optimal performance and safety.

Myth #6: Elf Bars cause gum disease

There is a myth that began circulating that said that Elf Bars can cause bleeding gums and even gum disease. This myth has caused real fears amongst those who both enjoyed vaping and felt it was necessary for them to quit smoking. However, there is nothing specific about Elf Bars that makes them more likely to cause bleeding gums. In fact, it is nicotine that is more likely to cause bleeding than the Elf Bar disposable vapes themselves. It is very common for ex-smokers to experience bleeding gums when they first quit and it is not due to the fact that they are using an e-cigarette. 

Myth #7: You can put Elf Bars in the recycling

Elf Bars are made with recyclable materials, but recycling them can be challenging because they are small and must be disposed of properly. Recycling disposable vapes isn't as simple as putting it in your recycling bin. Fortunately, there are many websites that help vapers find their local recycling centre that recycles vape products. Vaping manufacturers are also well-aware of the need to have as many recyclable products as possible, and are constantly striving to develop new and easier ways to recycle their products. 

Myth #8: Elf Bars aren't safe to use

For some time, there were fears surrounding the use of vape devices as there was news about them catching on fire and exploding. However, these problems were linked to poor quality and modded devices that were overheating due to charging or over-exerting the battery with different modes. Elf Bars are tested thoroughly and regulated to ensure that they are completely safe to use, and these issues do not affect disposable vapes.


Overall, Elf Bars are a convenient and relatively safe way to consume nicotine, but they should be used responsibly and disposed of properly. While there are some environmental concerns surrounding disposable products, Elf Bars are not inherently worse for the environment than other disposable products. By following proper disposal procedures and using Elf Bars in moderation, users can enjoy the benefits of this popular device without risking their health or the environment. For many questions related to vaping, please contact us today. 




In the USA there are many shops selling vapes with 500-5000 or more puffs.
Of course you have to charge the larger vapes with more puffs to finish up I’m assuming maybe the 2nd half of the vape.
Are these legal to sell here?
I believe they get charged once or twice before using up the liquid?
Can you give me some information on these.
I’m trying one of them out now but came across this information.

Thanks in advance for anything you can tell me I’m 63 years old now and it’s not safe to smoke either one but I need to know




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