Debunking the 4 Common Vaping Urban Myths

May. 25, 2015
by Matt Wallace

Urban Myths

There are a lot of myths floating around out there about electronic cigarettes and vaping in general. Well, we’re here to set the record straight, so let’s dive-in and debunk these myths.

Myth #1: Nobody Out There Knows What’s Really in an Electronic Cigarette

That’s simply not true. We know precisely what the ingredients are in electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes emit vapor (not smoke) made of these major ingredients: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), nicotine, and different flavorings. Now, you hear a lot of the so-called “experts” out there speculate about the “dangers” of PG, but few know what it actually is. Propylene Glycol’s a liquid which absorbs water. It’s on the FDA’s safe elements list and is found in more things than you think that’re a part of your daily life.

Myth #2: Vaping is a Gateway to Smoking

That’s false. Although activist groups have attempted to state that vaping users eventually begin smoking traditional cigarettes, there are no facts or figures to back this claim up. Back in 2013, a study from Health Day also concluded that electronic cigarettes don’t seem to attract teens to try smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes either.

Myth #3: E-Cigarettes and Other Vaping Devices Are More Expensive Than Cigarettes

The initial startup cost, yes but in the long-run, NO! Studies have shown that those who make the switch to vaping can save money in the long-run. For example, a pack-a-day smoker will spend around $2,200 a year for traditional cigarettes. Compare this to $800 a year from a vaping, and you’ll get about a 60% saving

Myth #4: Teenagers Can Purchase Electronic Cigarettes

Teens manage to get grab stuff they’re not supposed to have all the time, but it’s not legal for any type of vaping device to be sold to anyone under the age of 18. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which isn’t intended for use by minors. So, while the age range of e-cigarette users stretches pretty wide, minors aren’t included.

Ultimately, there are going to myths, falsehoods, and misconceptions about anything that gains some sort of popularity, and vaping has been added to that list. As more and more people make the switch, hopefully the education of the masses in this area will start to increase as well.

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