6 Myths about vaping that are just plain wrong

6 Myths about vaping that are just plain wrong

6 Myths about vaping that are just plain wrong

There are so many vaping myths being spread across the airwaves and blogosphere that newbies can easily become rather confused.  Just type in the word “vape” or “e-cig” into the web browser and a long list of anti-vaping articles will instantly appear onscreen.  For those who are interesting in switching to vaping as a way to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, the massive amounts of negative propaganda available online can be downright frightening. Here are six common vaping myths based on wrong information and pure hogwash.

Myth #1:  Vaping liquids and e-cigs contain the same chemical found in antifreeze.

Wrong!  This myth stems from the anti-vaping lobbyists’ intentional attempt to confuse the public-at-large.  Antifreeze contains a chemical called ethylene glycol, which is toxic to humans.   In the early days of the e-cig, a similar-sounding but completely non-toxic chemical called polyethylene glycol was used.  Within a couple of years, polyethylene glycol was changed to the even safer chemical of propylene glycol.  In fact, the FDA praises propylene glycol for being extremely safe for human consumption.  Still this myth remains.

Myth #2:  Vaping liquids and e-cigs contain formaldehyde.

Wrong again.  Read the label on any e-juice bottle.  The main ingredients are propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring, water, and perhaps a tiny bit of nicotine.  In fact, nearly every blend of e-juice is marketed in a zero-nicotine option as well.  Nowhere on the label will you find the word “formaldehyde.”  This rumor occurred from one unsubstantiated “medical study” stated that e-cig vapor contains formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acetone.  Meanwhile, the study has been widely panned by the medical community.

Myth #3:  Vaping liquids and e-cigs contain nicotine that can still cause cancer.

A completely false statement.  The US Surgeon General is on-record stating that nicotine does not cause cancer.  While there is a direct link between smoking tobacco cigarettes and an increased risk of cancer, this is not the same thing.  It is the hundreds of additional chemicals and toxins found in tobacco cigarettes that truly lead to heart disease and cancer, not the nicotine itself.  And vape pens and e-cigs contain none of these harmful chemicals while also containing only a very small fraction of nicotine compared to the tobacco cigarette. To say that vaping leads to cancer is complete nonsense.

Myth #4:  The second-hand vapor from vape pens and e-cigs is just as harmful as the second-hand smoke from tobacco cigarettes. 

Pure rubbish.  Again, the e-liquids used in vape pens and e-cigs do not contain any of the harmful chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes.  And every single scientific study on vaping states that the amount of harmful chemicals found in e-cig water vapor is so low that they are almost impossible to detect.

Myth #5:  Vape pens and e-cigs often explode during use.

This statement is just plain silly.  Vape pens and e-cigs run on tiny batteries, and any battery has the possibility of exploding.  But this is extremely rare.  Besides, the batteries in our smartphones are far more powerful than those found in any vaping device.  Should we toss our iPhones and Androids into the garbage as well?

Myth #6:  Vaping and e-cigs are a gateway to smoking traditional cigarettes.

Completely untrue.  There is no scientific evidence that vaping leads to smoking.  In fact, the opposite is closer to the real truth. Studies show that those who try vaping or e-cigs before lighting up a Marlboro tend to avoid addiction almost entirely.  Meanwhile, all current scientific research also proves that nicotine, in itself, is not addictive.  What “gets us hooked” is those nasty extra chemicals found in the old-fashioned tobacco cigarettes.  And e-cigs contain none of these.

Be careful when reading about the “dangers of vaping.”  So much of this information is simply untrue.  Take your time and do your own research in order to make an informed decision.  And if you are looking for a way to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, there are reams of studies online proving that vaping is the most effect way by far.  Over 60% of those who switch to vaping end up quitting smoking for good and without relapse.  Those numbers far exceed the “the patch” or any other smoking cessation product marketed in the past twenty years.

Posted By: admin  /  Dated: 06/12/2015

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