Vaping is revolutionizing the way we’re “smoking”. More and more people are putting down the cigarette and picking up a vape mod instead. But, the problem with this increasing popularity is also that there is a lot of misinformation surrounding vaping.
There are so many vaping myths going around it’s hard to keep track but these are our five favorite. What’s frustrating is that these myths can often scare off a vaping newbie.
These are the most commonly circulated (and believed!) vaping myths and we’re here to bust them. It’s time for some truth people.
1. Vaping Encourages Non-Smokers To Smoke
No, no, no. Just no.
Apparently the cool factor of electronic cigarettes, their flavor varieties and their lack of restrictions are encouraging more people to take up the smoking habit.
Truth is, people (teenagers and adults) start smoking for various reasons – stress, peer pressure, parental influence etc. They don’t take it up because of a cool package so no, e-cigarettes aren’t more likely to cause them to smoke.
The Reality: Vaping is not converting the masses to smoking. In fact, it’s doing the opposite. More smokers are giving up their deadly tobacco habit and switching to the less deadly vape life instead.
2. E-Cigarettes Contain Anti-Freeze
E-liquids contain propylene glycol, an ingredient also sometimes found in anti-freeze.
But (of course there’s a but!), propylene glycol is often added to anti-freeze to make it LESS harmful, just in case it is swallowed.
Back in 2009, the FDA also claimed they had found diethylene glycol in e-cigarettes (a key component of anti-freeze. Of course this caused an uproar. What wasn’t revealed that later tests confirmed less than 1% of e-cigarettes contained diethylene glycol.
Seriously, if more e-cigarettes contained diethylene glycol, don’t you think we’d have vapers reporting poisoning left right and center?
The Reality: Propylene glycol has been approved by the FDA and the EU as safe for human consumption.
3. Vaping (Like Smoking) Can Also Cause Cancer
E-cigs contain nicotine so the knee-jerk reaction to them is often that they cause cancer the same way a regular cigarette would. This is one of the most often heard vaping myths around.
Truth is, nicotine by itself is addictive but not cancer-causing. It’s like your saying your morning coffee is causing cancer.
The Reality: When tobacco burns, a tar is created and this tar contains lots and lots of harmful chemicals. These chemicals have been proven to contain at least 70 known carcinogens. Chemicals are carcinogenic not nicotine.
4. Slick Advertisements & Sweet Flavors Attract Kids To Vaping
E-cigarettes don’t (yet) have the advertising restrictions that apply to tobacco so there are plenty of slick, well designed advertisements doing the rounds. Additionally, vapers love the variety of e-liquid flavors available to them. Cherry pie anyone?
Apparently this fancy packaging and sweet flavoring is designed to bring kids over to the dark side. Because you know, only kids like good flavors. Newsflash: adults like flavors too, especially if it means they don’t have to taste like cigarette ash all the time.
The Reality: It’s a marketers job to make flashy ads that make e-cigs cool. This is to sell more products to their adult audience not to attract kids. Most vapers also prefer flavored e-liquids because tobacco flavored e-liquids can often taste pretty crappy. It’s not for the kids, it’s for the kid in all the adults!
5. Second Hand “Vapor” Is Dangerous To Passive Vapers
One of the biggest problems with smokers is that they’re not only damaging their own health. Of course this is a cause for concern because non-smokers, especially kids, are also being exposed to harmful chemicals due to the smoker’s habits.
But there is a difference between smoking and vaping. Vapers aren’t exhaling harmful carcinogenic substances like smokers (see Point 3). Exhaled vapor is different to tobacco smoke and dissipates very quickly.
The Reality: Vaping poses very little danger to the vaper themselves so the danger for second-hand vapers is negligible.
It gets frustrating to constantly hear these vaping myths. We’re a new lifestyle and it’s scaring the traditionalists.
Here’s hoping more people choose to look beyond the smoky (see what I did there?) curtain and figure out the truth behind vaping.
What’s one of your favorite/ most hated vaping myths?