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Vapes and the Environment: Can Vapes Be Recycled?

How can the use of e-cigarettes be made more environmentally friendly?
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Reusable e-cigarettes contain both closed and open system devices for e-liquids. All e-cigarettes produce some waste, but fortunately they are largely recyclable.

How to sort and recycle an e‑cigarette properly?

Luckily e-cigarettes are largely recyclable, as long as all pieces are handled correctly.

Batteries for e-cigarettes should be recycled at designated recycling points. Packaging materials can be recycled with household waste, when sorted correctly.

Contact your local recycling center for more information about how your e-cigarette can be recycled.

E-liquid bottles or nicotine pods should not be disposed of as mixed-household waste.

PMI has started cooperating with R-kioskis – you can now recycle nicotine pods in all R-kioskis across Finland!

How does the cooperation with R‑kioskis work?

You can get recycling pouches from R-kioskis in which you can collect your nicotine pods at home from a longer period. Each R-kioski has a recycling box into which the pouch can be emptied.

R-kioskis will forward the pods to our recycling partner in Riihimäki, who will separate metal and plastic from the pods and recycle them for proper reuse.

Thank you for recycling!

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Frequently asked questions about e-cigarettes and vaping

E-cigarettes are divided into closed and open systems. A closed e-cigarette uses ready-made e-liquid capsules that are inserted into the e-cigarette, which is then ready to use. In the open system the e-liquid is bought in separate bottles. Users have to then mix liquids and fill the e-cigarettes by themselves.

E-cigarettes are also known as e-savuke, höyrystin and höyryke in Finnish. Vaping is translated in höyryttely, vapettaminen, vapottaminen and vapottelu.

E-cigarettes use e-liquid that usually consists of nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol and glycerin. In Finland only tobacco flavored or flavorless e-liquids are allowed. There are also liquids without nicotine available for e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are smoke-free products. They heat the e-liquid that turns into vapor. There is no combustion or smoke in e-cigarettes, therefore, they do not produce tar or carbon monoxide. In cigarettes, there is combustion while tobacco is burnt and the temperature reaches more than 800°C. In the combustion more than 6000 different chemical substances are formed, of which around 100 are known to be harmful to people.

Parts of an e-cigarette include a pod for e-liquid, atomizer, battery, led-light and a button. The e-cigarette is activated when a person draws a puff.

Dry puff or dry hit is the result of a low level of e-liquid and the vapor weakening. It has a burnt taste, and it also increases the number of harmful constituents. E-cigarettes with advanced technology will detect low liquid level and prevent overheating.

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