Have you recently switched to vaping or on the verge of switching anytime soon, but are demoralized due to a few beliefs? Well, fret not! Go ahead with the decision to switch to vaping while we debunk the popular myths for you.

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  • Contents of e-liquids are unknown and unsafe

Do you also believe that e-cigarettes are mysterious and that you do not know what you are consuming and that the contents of it are dangerous? Well, this is not true.

The majority of the e-liquids contain common products that are used in day-to-day life. Most e-liquids contain only vegetable glycerin, food coloring, and propylene glycol. Some e-liquids may contain nicotine, however, you have the full freedom to customize e-liquids and choose your own desired nicotine level. This is one of the reasons for the ever-rising popularity of e-cigs as they provide a better control over nicotine levels.

A few rumors also surfaced that one of the major ingredients of the e-liquids, propylene glycol, is used in making anti-freeze and is harmful. It is worth mentioning here that propylene glycol is used in antifreeze just to neutralize the harmful effects of coolants and anti-freeze.

  • Formaldehyde is inhaled during vaping

New England Journal of Medicine published a study stating that vaping involves the inhalation of formaldehyde. However, the study was erroneous because they used machines to mimic the vaping action at extremely high temperatures that caused dry puff conditions.

This is in contrary with the common vaping practices wherein a vaper tends to stop vaping as soon as they get a dry puff. This, therefore, concludes that the results associated with the study are not conclusive because the circumstances and conditions for administering the vaping were incorrect.

  • Causes obliterative bronchiolitis

Vaping helps smokers quit smoking. Contrary to this, various people believe that vaping leads to popcorn lungs, which is a condition called obliterative bronchiolitis. A few workers who worked at the microwave popcorn factory developed this condition due to regular inhaling of high amounts of diacetyl, an ingredient which gives the popcorn the buttery flavor. While microwave popcorn contains diacetyl in high levels, only a few flavors of e-liquids contain it in minimal and negligible quantities. The majority of the e-liquid flavors are even completely safe from it.

In fact, smokers are 750 times more exposed to diacetyl as compared to the vapers. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that vaping is better than smoking and in fact, helps smokers in quitting smoking.

  • Vaping is a portal for tobacco consumption for teenagers

One of the major concerns that has surrounded about the usage of vaping is that vaping has no age restriction. Therefore, it has stirred up a controversy that it is an open access to nicotine for children and teenagers. The concern that followed it was that children would take up vaping and then, later on, switch to smoking. However, various studies proved that in most cases the use of e-cigarettes did not translate into the habit of smoking. The education on the harmful effects as a result of consumption of tobacco is widespread and thus children and teenagers are more aware of the consequences of smoking.

  • Vaping is as harmful as smoking

Here is an interesting vaping fact for smokers. By smoking a cigarette, dry tobacco burns along with other harmful ingredients that make up a cigarette. On the other hand, while vaping, the aerosol heats the e-liquid and the only by-product formed is water vapor.

Therefore, the myth that vaping is as harmful as smoking is debunked completely. The living proof of it is the body condition of smokers in comparison to the vapers. As mentioned before, ingredients used to make e-liquids are basic ingredients that are almost harmless whereas cigarettes contain many harmful chemicals. The fact that the diastolic functions are not affected by e-cigarettes also supports the statement that vaping is not as harmful as smoking.

  • Passive vaping is as bad as passive smoking

Passive smoking can be very dangerous to health and can pose the same health risks as active smoking. This raises the alarm that passive vaping or second hand vaping is also very dangerous. This myth was built around the other myth that vaping leads to inhaling formaldehyde. However, a published study debunked this myth too. It proved that the level of carcinogen contained in second-hand vapor was the same as the levels in the surrounding atmospheric air. The next concern arose regarding the level of nicotine in second-hand smoke. The study rubbished this myth too as it concluded that the level of nicotine was minimal and almost negligible.

  • Makes you prone to pneumonia

A case where a man caught pneumonia due to vaping created a lot of stir in the vaping industry. Lipids entering bronchitis cause a peculiar type of lung inflammation. This condition is termed as lipoid pneumonia. The fear was that the vaping could also cause this condition. However, Professor Riccardo Polosa gave many interviews stating that the case had nothing to do with vaping.

  • E-cigarettes can burst

This is not a fact unless you tamper with the e-liquid. An e-cig is only as dangerous as your smartphone. It boils down to how safely you use and dispose it off. If one follows the safe practices while using e-cigs, then there are almost no chances of any explosion.

However, if you completely disregard the regulations and use wrong batteries for the concerned vaping devices, your e-cigarette might or might not explode depending on the circumstances. This is similar to the regular usage of smartphones where it is highly recommended to use the correct batteries and proper charger. You should thus, in either case, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer and stay safe.

  • Can cause cancer like cigarettes do

Cigarettes contain a large number of harmful chemicals. They also contain tobacco that has the potential to damage the nucleus of every cell in our body. Smoking cigarettes leave behind large deposits of tar in your lungs and mouth as tobacco contains more than seven thousand chemicals out of which seventy are deadly carcinogens.

On the other hand, most e-cigarettes do not even contain nicotine. The few that do contain nicotine cannot cause cancer, as nicotine is not a carcinogen. Further, it should be noted that e-cig doesn’t leave any tar behind as it does not contain tobacco. Therefore, vaping cannot cause cancer.

  • Using e-cigarettes to reduce smoking regular cigarettes does not benefit your health

Many researchers state that reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke per day does not benefit or improve your health. This was a major hit to the vaping industry as most people who cannot use the cold turkey method to quit smoking use vaping inorder to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day and gradually quit smoking.

The final goal is to quit smoking completely and e-cigarettes do help in achieving that. Furthermore, the risk of developing respiratory diseases is lesser when you smoke only a few cigarettes per day when compared to smoking a couple of packs every day. In order to encourage people to quit smoking, vaping can be very helpful.

Your Turn

There are numerous myths about vaping and e-cigarettes that are doing rounds in our society today. However, before actually believing in any of them, it is important to get down to the involved science to understand it better. The right way to dismiss these myths is by understanding about e-cigarettes and learning the difference between fact and fiction.

What are your views on this? Did you encounter a similar e-cigarette myth recently too? Do let us know in the comments!