Electronic cigarettes have been hailed by many as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking, but a persistent problem still dogs users of the vast majority of electronic cigarette brands.

Electronic cigarettes use a nicotine-infused solution to produce vapour, and this can occasionally leak out of the mouthpiece and give users a hit of bitter-tasting liquid. This is far from pleasant, and if consumed in large quantities it could lead to nicotine poisoning.

Taking a few simple precautions can reduce the amount seeping through or stop the cartridge from leaking altogether.

Things You’ll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Cloth
  • Cotton swab


Don’t over-fill the cartridge. This is one of the major causes of leakage, and it’s easily avoided. Most “cartomizer” (a combined cartridge and atomizer) style cartridges only need five to seven drops of electronic cigarette liquid. Cartridges of differing sizes and from specific manufacturers can vary, but this is a good general rule to avoid leakage. Wipe any excess liquid away with a cloth or cotton swab before vaping.


Remove the offending cartridge and blow through the side which connects to the battery attachment. Leaking cartridges can be caused by liquid that wasn’t vaporized hanging around near the atomizer. Blowing through the opposite side of the cartridge causes this to be pushed out of the mouthpiece, where it can be safely wiped away.

Store your electronic cigarette with the mouthpiece elevated. This is a simplistic approach, but it can be very effective. Instead of gravity pulling the liquid towards the mouthpiece, it works to keep it safely inside the cartridge.

Hold the electronic cigarette horizontally while you vape. Holding the electronic cigarette vertically with the mouthpiece pointing downwards makes seeping liquid much more likely. Make gravity work for you, not against you.


Don’t inhale too hard on the electronic cigarette. Tobacco cigarettes produce more smoke when you inhale more sharply, but electronic cigarettes don’t work in the same way. Inhale gently to avoid sucking out any unwanted liquid.



Using the FDA’s current regulatory framework for tobacco products, implemented under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, there are some areas of the electronic cigarette industry that may face regulation under current law.

The most damaging potential regulation would require electronic cigarette companies to comply with the current substantial equivalence determinations governing cigarette companies.  Essentially, this regulation would require all electronic cigarette companies that began operating after 2007 to have their products taken off the market until they demonstrate that they are in compliance with FDA regulations and are substantially equivalent to the other electronic cigarette products offered in the marketplace.

Given that almost every electronic cigarette company entered the market after 2007, and the notoriously slow process of obtaining equivalency status, complying with this requirement could result in a large time gap in which many electronic cigarette brands would not be available to the public.

If any kind of equivalency regulation is enforced or proposed, electronic cigarette companies should retain experienced counsel to begin the regulatory compliance and equivalency process as soon as possible.

It is also likely that the FDA will propose advertising and marketing restrictions on electronic cigarette companies.  As of right now, electronic cigarette companies face little-to-no regulations governing how they market their product(s).  Some of the larger electronic cigarette companies are even starting to run major celebrity-endorsed television commercials reminiscent of the cigarette commercials that aired in the 1970s and 1980s, before these practices came under governmental regulation.

Electronic cigarette companies must become intimately familiar with the advertising and marketing laws regulating their industry or risk facing potential class action lawsuits and investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

It should be noted that the announcement of proposed regulations does not necessarily mean that such regulations will be immediately passed into law, as-is.  There will likely be a lengthy public discussion and comment period, which will delay the final draft of the bill from being presented to Congress for a vote.  The foregoing notwithstanding, it is a best practice to plan a course of action early and retain experienced counsel to help navigate the murky regulatory climate.




Once smokers realise that electronic cigarettes are the way to go as they are healthier than traditional tobacco cigarettes, the next question is “where do you buy them?”

In the past decade there has been a surge in e-commerce companies around the globe.  This has only happened because the shopping habits of people have changed. People are now beginning to realize the advantages of shopping online rather than actually going to a store. Here are the pros and cons of shopping for electronic cigarettes online:

Nominal – Buying electronic cigarettes online can make your wallet very happy. It is cheaper to buy them online rather than in a physical store. With so many companies online trying to get your attention on the internet, electronic cigarette e-stores are forced to keep their prices minimal and competitive. Everyone is willing to offer you the best deal and value for your money. There are lot of electronic cigarette brands online trying to offer you a discount on their kits.

Convenience– Shopping online can be the most convenient means of buying electronic cigarettes. All you need to do is find a brand you want, read what other users have to say about it, decide if you want it and simply order it and wait for it to come to you. You will avoid the hassles of getting stuck in traffic while commuting to the store, burning unnecessary fuel and waiting in long check-out queues.  Besides, online you get to choose from a variety of electronic cigarette brands and get information on the products from real users.

Impulsive shopping– In a physical store, a sweet-talking sales person might actually convince you to buy a fancy cigarette case or some other product which you do not really need or want. However, in an e-store, you go to the particular website you want, buy your electronic cigarettes and check out!