Although vaping is a relatively new phenomenon, it’s becoming increasingly popular year on year throughout the UK.
In fact, around 2.9 million adults used e-cigarettes in 2017, whether that was to quit smoking or just for recreational use.
However, despite this widespread popularity, there are still lots of myths surrounding the practice. With that in mind, we’re debunking seven of the most common vaping myths.
It’s just as bad for you as smoking
One of the biggest myths out there is that vaping is as dangerous, if not more so, as smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.
However, that just isn’t true. Although vaping is still a fairly new concept and still in its early stages of research, all of the evidence so far suggests that it’s much safer than smoking. In fact, Public Health England produced a landmark report stating that ‘E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco’ and the NHS has endorsed vaping as a method to quit smoking.
Vaping liquid contains lots of harmful ingredients
Another common myth is that vaping liquid is full of thousands of chemicals and other harmful ingredients.
However, vape liquids are usually only made up of three or four ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), flavouring and optional nicotine. This is significantly fewer than the chemicals found in traditional cigarettes and all of the ingredients are perfectly safe.
Another related myth is that vaping liquid contains anti-freeze due to the fact that PG is an ingredient used to make anti-freeze. However, PG is added to make anti-freeze safer should it ever be ingested and is also used to create ice cream!
Vaping encourages smoking
There’s also a fear amongst many people, especially parents, that vaping is just a gateway for smoking and using an e-cigarette can encourage you to turn to tobacco cigarettes.
While this is a very valid worry, fortunately, it isn’t true. According to a study conducted at the University of Oklahoma, e-cigarettes are not a gateway drug. Researchers surveyed 1,300 college students with an average age of 19 and found that e-cigarettes were the first tobacco products ever tried by 43 of the participants. Of these 43, only one student went on to smoke regular cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are addictive
Another claim made by critics is that e-cigarettes are just as addictive as regular tobacco cigarettes.
However, despite the fact that many e-liquids contain nicotine, according to a study in 2015, e-cigarettes are significantly less addictive than traditional cigarettes. It found that out of the sample study of smokers, nicotine gum users, and e-cigarette users, those who used the e-cigs over a long-term period were less dependent.
Plus, users can choose how much nicotine goes into their e-liquid, if any at all, giving you much more control over your intake.
E-cigarettes can explode
Another favourite myth that’s often bandied around after a few drinks is the idea that e-cigarettes explode on a regular basis.
While there have been some dangerous incidents, most of these have been down to modifying e-cigarettes against manufacturer’s instructions or failing to charge the device properly. If you follow all of the correct procedures, there’s absolutely no reason for e-cigarettes to be a fire hazard!
Second hand vaping smoke is dangerous
Another myth surrounding vaping is that the ‘smoke’ produced by e-cigarettes is harmful to others.
While it’s important to be conscientious to others and take into account your surroundings, inhaling the by-products of vaping isn’t proven to be dangerous. Vaping produces a thin vapour, rather than smoke, which contains mostly flavourings and additives, as opposed to dangerous carcinogens.
Vaping equipment isn’t regulated
Finally, many people believe that vaping as a whole isn’t regulated, whether it’s the e-liquid or the e-cigarette.
Although this was true until fairly recently, vaping is now a regulated practice. In 2017, an EU law came into force that regulated both the production and sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids, requiring them to be registered prior to sale.
Similarly, in the US, the US Food and Drug Administration has tight controls on the sale and use of e-cigarettes.
So, we hope this has given you a good idea of the real story when it comes to vaping. If you want to find out how to answer anyone who touts these myths, check out our seven comebacks here.