Debunking Different Myths of Vaping

Matt Wallace
Aug. 13, 2014
by Matt Wallace

myths about e-cigs and vaping

The use of electronic cigarettes has been growing substantially in recent years. The FDA is currently studying to see if e-cigs are a safer alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. Using e-cigarettes is called vaping. Vaping refers to vapor since e-cigarettes work by using water vapor instead of smoke. In addition, e-cigs closely emulate the look and feel of smoking without the harmful health effects of tobacco smoke. While many people enjoy the benefits of vaping, there are several myths about vaping that have sprung up recently that are simply not true.

Vaping Myths

When you disrupt a multi-billion dollar industry the way that vaping has, powerful people tend to notice. When the first electronic cigarette came to the United States, the power brokers moved to crush the industry before it could get started. The effort failed. Vaping is here to stay. But along the way, several vaping myths took root. Here are some of the common myths about vaping.

Vaping is a Gateway to Traditional Smoking

One of the many myths about vaping is that it’s just being used as an appealing gateway into smoking tobacco cigarettes. This is an especially worrisome possibility when it comes to children. The fact of the matter is that there is no strong evidence to support such a belief. If anything, the exact opposite may be true. In fact, a 2015 Yale study found that when e-cigs are banned, tobacco cigarette sales increase. We are still learning more as additional studies come out. But in the meantime the good news is that teen smoking are reaching generational lows.

Most vapers chose to use e-cigarettes because they realized how harmful tobacco smoking was to them. Most just wanted to find an alternative to cigarettes. In addition, many of these people spread the word of how harmful traditional cigarettes can be, which furthers support for anti-smoking campaigns. At Mig Vapor, we take every precaution to not sell to minors. That includes using the best age verification software in the world.

When You Vape, You’re Breathing In Anti-Freeze

Of the myths surrounding vaping, this one is one of the most well-known and the oddest. This is also one of the more misleading myths since it makes it seem like actual anti-freeze is mixed into the liquid for e-cigarettes when it’s really only one component of some types of anti-freeze. The same ingredient you find in soaps and more. The liquid for the cartridges of e-cigarettes contains propylene glycol, or PG. Propylene glycol is a chemical found in some forms of anti-freeze. This fact leads some folks to believe that when people vape, they are breathing in fumes from anti-freeze. The fact of the matter is that propylene glycol is included in both e-cigarette cartridges and anti-freeze. But it’s actually approved by the FDA to be completely safe for human consumption. In fact, the reason that it is included in some anti-freezes is to make it safer.

There is a caveat here. A cheap, low quality electronic cigarette might be more likely to overheat a coil. If a coil gets too hot and the vapor tastes burnt, there may be toxins that you do not want. Always use an e-cigarette properly. And, don’t but cheap e-cigs.

Vaping Still Typically Involves Breathing In Nicotine, So It Also Causes Cancer

There are at least 69 known carcinogens out of the thousands of chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. Out of these 69 carcinogens, none of them are or are related to nicotine. Nicotine has never been linked to any form of cancer. The misconception probably stems from the fact that nicotine is one of the most well-known chemicals found in cigarettes, and it’s common knowledge that cigarettes cause various forms of cancer. E-cigarette cartridges do commonly contain nicotine. E-cigs are considered a tobacco product because of the nicotine. But there are also cartridges that don’t contain nicotine if you’d prefer avoiding it anyway.

Vaping is Meant to Lure Children in to Smoking

Many vapers enjoy the fact that e-cigarette cartridges come in many flavors such as vanilla, mint, grape, cherry, cinnamon and even chocolate flavors. However, some people believe that the flavored cartridges of e-cigarettes are flavored with sweet flavors to attract children. There has been no evidence presented that supports this theory. And it’s rather silly either way. We never market to minors. E-cigarette cartridges are available in many sweet flavors, but they’re meant to make the taste more appealing to adults. Grown ups want a more enjoyable experience to vape. Adults enjoy sweet flavors too. And the flavors are advertised in ways that would be far more appealing to the adult eye than a child’s eye.

Secondhand Vapor is Just as Harmful as Secondhand Smoke

One of the major concerns with both smoking and vaping is doing it around other people who don’t smoke or vape. It’s a well-known fact that merely being around people who are smoking can increase a person’s risk of lung cancer, heart disease and several other health issues. However, the same cannot be said of being around people who vape.

Most of the myths about the health effects of e-cigarettes are hard to debunk fully since the full health impact of e-cigarettes is currently being extensively explored. However, there’s no evidence indicating that e-cigarette vapor is as harmful as tobacco smoke. In fact, there seems to be no apparent health risks to secondhand vapor at all from the studies that have been done so far. A 2017 study found that second hand vapor had no impact on typical indoor air quality. Vapor also dissipates much more quickly than smoke, allowing bystanders to avoid breathing much of it in.

Summary

Electronic cigarettes are not perfect. Ideally, there would be no nicotine addiction. Addiction is part of the human condition. We must do everything we can to reduce the risks associated with different more dangerous addictions. Vaping myths are not helpful. Our goal should be to manage and reduce risk. And to reduce risk we must begin operating with factual information. That means weighing the good and bad of every potential asset to reduce tobacco harm.

Mig Vapor is an electronic cigarette and vaping company. Of course we have a positive view of the potential of vaping. But we must also be tireless when it comes to improving products. There are many types of vaping and some are safer than others. Using the best quality devices is essential. It is also important that consumers use the best quality e-liquids.

Vapers have a responsibility to be respectful of others. Do not vape around others who are uncomfortable. While there may be no risk, there is a perception that vaping is like smoking. Rather than try to explain it is better to respect their space.

As time moves on and more vaping studies are conducted, we are continually learning. The FDA is considering if e-cigs can be classified as a reduced risk product. The results so far are encouraging. But keep in mind that electronic cigarettes are made for adult tobacco users.

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