10 MYTHS ABOUT VAPING – DEBUNKED!
Since vaping has become so popular and has helped millions of people around the world, some negative propaganda has been spread through media to intentionally make everyone believe vaping is as bad as smoking cigarettes. Whether you are an experienced vaper or someone still exploring vaping options, you might have heard different articles projecting different information about vaping. We recommend that you do your research before making a decision. To get you started here are 10 myths about vaping – debunked!
Vaping and smoking contain the same harmful ingredients
Non-vapers and people who don’t know about vaping, strongly believe that e-liquids contain harmful ingredients. The truth is that e-liquid contains only 3 to 4 ingredients namely propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, artificial food grade flavouring and sometimes a low percentage of nicotine. All these ingredients are found in foods, drinks and vegetables that we consume every day.
E-liquids contain antifreeze
E-liquids are claimed to contain antifreeze. Propylene Glycol PG, one of the main ingredients in e-liquid, is used in antifreeze. However, it is non-toxic. This ingredient is used in everything from pharmaceuticals to food and cosmetics to antifreeze. Several studies were conducted on dogs and rats and concluded that PG does not pose any big threat to these animals when inhaled.
Vaping Causes Popcorn Lung
A big fuss about e-liquid’s is that they contain Diacetyl, which is responsible for causing popcorn lung when inhaled. Dr Siegel is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health conducted a study and concluded that (if present) Average Diacetyl Exposure from Vaping is 750 Times Lower than from Smoking.
Vaping Causes Formaldehyde Formation
The most recent myth associated with vaping is the formation of formaldehyde. Professor Michael Siegel conducted a research and found out that the temperature at which glycol would be converted into formaldehyde was much higher than e-cigs could not even reach. He also added that the vapour produced at a very higher temperature would taste unpleasant and no one would like to do this anyway.
Vaping is as Harmful as Smoking
According to a British study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the absence of combustion, smoke and different chemical composition results in the creation and absorption of less toxic chemicals as is the case of vaping. So, electronic cigarettes are too far from being as harmful as tobacco cigarettes. Dr Laugesen from Health New Zealand has confirmed from studies done on e-cigarettes, they are 100 to 1,000 times safer than smoking.
E-Cigarettes and Vape Kits Can Explode
While you would have read several stories associated with e-cigarette explosions, the truth is that they are not as explosive as your smartphone. When used correctly and as directed, e-cigarettes and vape kits do not pose a threat to explode in your hand or pocket.
You should strictly adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines when dealing with mods, external batteries and resistance. Most of the histories related to exploding e-cigarettes are due to low maintenance and poor storage practices of batteries.
Second Hand Vaping is Dangerous
There is plenty of confusion and misconception out there about second-hand vapour. According to the research carried out by Public Health England, it is concluded that the exposure to e-cig vapour does not harm bystanders as that of second-hand smoke.
You can be sure, there is a higher exposure to harmful particles in a normal road, compared to those one caused by exhaled vapour caused by e-cigarettes.
Vaping is a Gateway to Smoking
This is one of the biggest vaping misinterpretations that are more prevalent among the public. David Levy published a study in Nicotine and Tobacco research and concluded that e-cigarettes are likely to reduce smoking and never act as a gateway to the use of tobacco cigarettes. Similarly, Action on Smoking and Health Wales has also concluded that 98% of e-cig users were smokers in the past.
Vaping is More Addictive than Smoking
The entire world has been manipulated to believe that vaping itself is more addictive than smoking. Vaping E-liquids that do not contain nicotine will not lead to addiction. This is because, without nicotine, there are no addictive substances in the e-liquid.
If there is nicotine present in the e-liquid it will have essentially become an addictive substance when vaped. However, levels of nicotine in e-liquids are generally much lower than in cigarettes. Two different studies were conducted by Dr Murray Laugesen and Dr Thomas Eissenberg and confirmed that e-cigarettes deliver nicotine in lower levels when compared to a tobacco cigarette and nicotine gum.
Vaping Leads to Long Term Health Issues
Another popular myth about vaping is that it leads to long term health issues. But, the truth is that e-cigarettes can provide long-term health benefits to smokers with asthma, blood pressure and allergies. Many studies have been conducted on this topic and now it is proven that e-cigs can reverse the negative impact of tobacco smoke on lung functions, allergies and asthma symptoms.
Please be aware, no matter how much noise and controversy the big headings of an article can generate, it’s always important to do your research about the facts to avoid the fear of vaping and put you back to smoke.