Myths and Facts About Vaping: Vaping Demystified!

Jul. 15, 2016
by Vaping Guru

Myths and Facts About Vaping

Many consider vaping as the biggest breakthrough in the history of tobacco harm reduction. Invented as an alternative to smoking, vaping tries to offer the smokers their nicotine fix without the 4000 chemicals, tar, and countless carcinogens found in tobacco.

Vaping Definition:

The process of inhaling and exhaling water vapor produced by vaporizing a flavored e-liquid (which may or may not contain nicotine) through an electric device called personal vaporizer or simply vape

When a user inhales on the drip tip (aka the mouthpiece) of a vape, the battery supplies the power to the atomizer, which turns e-liquid filled in the tank into vapor. This vapor is then inhaled by the user and it reaches his lungs to give a sensation similar to smoking. Vaping is adopted as a nicotine fix and tobacco harm reduction, although many e-liquids come without nicotine while some allow you to choose the potency of nicotine.

What is a Vape

The meaning of vape depends on whether you use it as a verb or noun. When used as a verb, it refers to the process of vaping, however, it’s more commonly used as a noun to refer to the electronic device itself. Some other commonly used terms for vape are “vaporizer”, “electric vaporizer”, “vapor cigarette”, “electronic cigarette”, and “e-cigarette”.

If we take a quick look at the anatomy of the vape, it has several different parts but basically, there are two main components: a battery and an atomizer.  The battery is the power source, charged with a USB cable or a custom charger. The atomizer has the heating element which is usually metallic coil. Some other parts and of the vaporizer are: a tube which is the main console, drip tip which is a mouthpiece, circuitry, sensor, and cartridge that houses the e-liquid or e-juice.

If you’re wondering what is vapor, and why we use the term vaping instead of smoking, it’s just because when e-liquid reaches the atomizer and turns from liquid to gaseous form, it becomes water vapor instead of smoke. Unlike the obnoxious tobacco smoke, it smells like fruit, mint, or whatever the flavor is used.

Who Invented the Vaporizer

Who Invented the Vaporizer?

Let’s go back in time.

Hon Lik — Inventor of the modern electronic cigarette

Hon Lik — Inventor of the modern electronic cigarette

Interestingly, while many people think that it only started a few years ago, vaping has a very long history. If we browse through the history, we see that vaping has been in practice since 500 BC. Greek historian Herodotus writes in his book The History of Herodotus about the rituals of Scythians, a big clan that lived in the lands of what is now Southern Russia. While mentioning their history, Herodotus mentions one particular custom that involved throwing weed on red hot stones that would turn it into vapor, and the Scythians would then bathe in it and inhale it. Well not of the most sophisticated vaporizer but surely this was an interesting ritual that shows that people back in the prehistoric era knew the benefits of vaporizing weed instead of combusting it.

However, the modern vaporizer is considered to be the brainchild of Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, who inspired from the death of his father, invented a device that will offer the users their nicotine fix without the harmful effects of tobacco. The cause of his father’s death? Rather unsurprisingly, cancer caused by excessive smoking. Hon named called his device Ruyan, which loosely means “like smoke”. The device turned out to be a major hit and slowly made its way into the States in the mid-2000s.

Where are the Vaporizers Made?

The vaping industry is littered with countless products ranging from cheap cig-a-likes to powerful, dual battery, regulated vape mods. Most brands available on the market are purely Chinese, while some are based in the United States with manufacturing facilities in China.

Get to Know Your Vaping Gear

E-Liquid

e-liquid iconIt’s the E-Juice that can make or break the whole vaping experience. It usually comprises of a PG (propylene glycol)/VG (vegetable glycerin) base, flavorings, and nicotine.

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Electronic Cigarettes

E-Cig-iconElectronic cigarettes or E-Cigs are devices that turn e-juice into vapor and are the most common type of vaporizers. They are simple, affordable, and look pretty much like a regular cigarette, which is why they are sometimes called cig-a-likes.  E-cigarettes come in different flavors, designs, and shapes and may or may not have nicotine in them.

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Vaporizers

VaporizerThese are more powerful electronic devices that can cost you between $35 and $300. What’s more, vaporizers also allow you to vape on materials other than E-liquids such as dry herbs and waxes.

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Vape Mods

Vape ModsVape mods are enhanced vaporizers, that are the most powerful devices with additional power and more features for customization. They usually come with powerful batteries and can hold massive amounts of e-liquids or other vaping materials. Most of them are regulated and allow you to adjust the levels of wattage and voltage while some also work in temperature control mode. Vaporizer mods are geared towards more experienced vapers and offer the most extreme vaping experience.

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Vaping — Myths Vs Facts

The vaping industry has grown exponentially over the past few years. According to the estimates, the industry grew from 1.7 billion dollars to 3.7 billion dollars in just a matter of two years i.e. from 2013 to 2015. And it is expected to go over 5 billion dollars by the end of this year. According to a Fact Sheet by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13% of American adults had used a vaporizer in 2014. Despite the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, many people still don’t really know what is vaping and what is a vape. And there are many myths circling around which we are going to the bank right now.

Myth: Vaporizers are a gateway to tobacco for teenagers

Fact: This is the major concern of most health professionals and institutes. However, several studies show that increase in vaporizer use in high schoolers did not translate into an increase in smoking. In fact, this fact sheet by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the increase in vaping actually occurred at the same time when there was a decrease in smoking among the high schoolers.

Myth: A vaporizer and an e-cigarette are the same thing

Fact: Well both of them use e-liquid but that is the only similarity they have. Most e-cigs look like traditional tobacco cigarette, are small in size, and come in many flavors combinations. Vaporizers are more powerful, rechargeable, and refillable devices that offer a more intense vaping.

Myth: E-liquids contain extremely dangerous ingredients and you don’t know what you are putting in your body

Fact: All the ingredients, as well as the flavors used in e-liquids, are food grade, high-quality ingredients. Most reputable E-liquid manufacturers will clearly label the expiry date as well as in the ingredients used in making the-juice.

Myth: E-Liquids contain (potentially poisonous) antifreeze

Fact: This is one of the most ridiculous myths, While the ingredients used in e-liquids such that propylene glycol is also used in antifreeze, none of the e-liquids contains antifreeze. In fact, in antifreeze PG is added to reduce the harm in case it is swallowed accidentally.

Myth: Vapor contains Formaldehyde

Fact: A peer-reviewed study published by five scientists at Portland State University, claimed that at extremely high temperatures, the vapor produced can contain Formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen. However, the same study showed that when vaped at regular temperatures, there were no traces of Formaldehyde. So, the study that was conducted to show the bad side of vaporizers, actually proves them to be not as harmful as claimed by some.

Myth: Nicotine in E-liquid can cause cancer

Fact: While nicotine is a habit-forming drug and can be extremely addictive, it does not cause cancer and isn’t a carcinogen. Multiple studies by independent groups as well as government agencies tried to find a link between nicotine and cancer, but none succeeded.

Myth: Vaporizers are explosive

Fact: After reading all these news stories on the Internet and watching the videos that show vaporizers exploding in people’s pockets and batteries venting in cars while they are charging. However, vapes are no more explosive than your smartphone or any other gadgets that contain batteries. In other words, the vaporizers are not the culprit, but it all comes down to battery safety and education. If used properly and charged with the recommended charger, vaporizers are only as explosive as your smartphone.

Where You Can and Can’t Vape – Vaping Legislations

Knowing where you can or cannot vape is very important but also very easy to find out. There will be signs if vaping is prohibited in a particular setting. Some states like North Dakota, New York, and New Jersey have already implemented the laws that regulate the use of vaporizers in public. California, Washington, Louisiana, and Maine have pending legislations regarding vaporizer use in the state. Most other states only prohibit the sale of electronic vaporizers to anyone under the age of 19. If you want to vape in a public place, the best approach would be to ask if vaping is allowed or not. Here is a complete list of States and municipalities with laws regulating use of vaporizers as of July 2016.

How Safe is Vaping

FDA or any other government agency hasn’t regulated vaporizers so far, although FDA is trying to change this. So, answering how safe is vaping is hard, however, several scientific studies and researches have been conducted to find the answer, along with some groups defending e-cigs and vaping. Here are some of these:

  • Expert independent review concludes that e-cigarettes have potential to help smokers quit. The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking” – E-Cigarettes: An Evidence Update – A Report Commissioned by Public Health England
  • “those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to report continued abstinence than those who used a licensed NRT product bought over-the-counter or no aid to cessation” – Research Report AUG 2014
  • In a rapid method for the chromatographic analysis, when compared with smoke of tobacco cigarette and even normal breath, vapor turned out to have far less volatile organic compounds. Spanish Council of Scientific Research
  • Here at Quit Smoking Community, we believe that electronic cigarettes are an absolutely acceptable tool to help you substitute the way you intake nicotine. You should always remember that nicotine is an addictive substance, and electronic cigarettes were not tested by FDA. Quit Smoking Community Guide to Best E-Cigs.
  • Even if there are some intrinsic adverse health effects of e-cigarettes, there would be a public health benefit if e-cigarettes proved to be much less hazardous than combustible cigarettes and if smokers could switch entirely from conventional cigarettes to e-cigarettes. A Policy Statement from the American Heart Association.
Quality Does Matter

At the end of the day, it all boils down to the quality of the vaporizer you use. Vapes manufactured by reputable brands use high-quality materials and hardly pose any threat to the user and same is the case with e-liquids. However, the market is currently littered with low-quality products and e-juices by brands that reduce quality to increase profit margins. Lack of regulation has allowed more than 500 brands to sell their products. The safest bet is to only purchase products and juices from only the well-known brands that really care about their reputation. Also, always read the labels to know what ingredients are used to make the e-juices you are vaping.

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