We are living in a world where we are constantly bombarded with data from sources like television, press, and the internet. It is significant to note that not all the news we consume is to be trusted.
It turns out, there are a lot of misconceptions revolving around e-cigarettes too that are only creating confusion. Separating facts from fiction is essential!
In this blog, we will debunk a lot of vaping myths that are associated with e-cigarettes, which would also help new vapers to get a clear picture of what vaping is all about. So, let us begin.
Myth 1: Vaping Gives You Popcorn LungFor those who don’t know what a Popcorn lung is, it is a condition that damages the lungs’ tiny airways and makes a person cough and feels short of breath.
This was first noticed when a few workers while working in a microwave popcorn factory developed this condition when they inhaled high amounts of diacetyl, a constituent that gives popcorn its buttery flavour. That’s why it was named as popcorn lung.
Similarly, diacetyl is added (not anymore) in certain e-liquids to provide the same buttery flavours. However, the level of the diacetyl in the e-liquids is hundreds of times lower than in cigarette smoke. Even at these levels, smoking is not considered to be a cause for this rare disease.
Myth 2: E-Cigarettes are Harmful as They Contain NicotineA lot of smokers, as well as ex-smokers, think that nicotine is actually the reason for most tobacco-related cancer. However, studies have shown that nicotine, in reality, causes only minimal health risk. In traditional cigarettes, thousands of other toxic chemicals cause almost all the harm.
A great thing about e-cigarettes is that they don't contain carbon monoxide and tar, which are two of the hazardous elements in tobacco smoke. It does carry other elements of the standard cigarettes but at relatively lower levels.
Myth 3: E-Cigarettes make you smokeThis is a myth that has gained a lot of media attention as both cigarettes and e-cigarettes are similar in appearance. On the contrary, e-cigarettes can be a good way to quit smoking as these gadgets have the facility for tweaking the nicotine levels.
Myth 4: Vaping is as Bad as SmokingAnother myth associated with vaping is that it causes the same harm that smoking does. However, when you light a cigarette, dry tobacco starts burning which emanates over 3000 harmful chemicals as smoke. On the other side, in vaping, e-liquid heats and produces a vapour.
Also, the ingredients used in the e-liquids are basic elements that are almost harmless when compared to the toxic chemicals inside tobacco. There are also various studies that validate the safety of e-cigarettes over the usage of traditional cigarettes.
Myth 5: E-Cigarettes are Being Used as a Trojan Horse by Tobacco Industry to Keep People Continue with SmokingThis is a false claim as e-cigarettes do not incorporate any tobacco in it. In fact, many people are even using e-cigarettes to get rid of their addiction to tobacco.
Moreover, there are various findings that reveal the role of vaping and other nicotine replacement approaches as a way to help smokers quit. The studies showed that smoking cessation was observed in people who were using e-cigarettes and other nicotine replacement techniques. Hence it is completely bogus to say that the tobacco industry is using E-cigarettes as a Trojan horse to keep people smoking.
Myth 6: Exposure to E-Cigarette Vapour is Harmful to BystandersUnlike many reports of the risks of second-hand smoke from Tobacco Cigarettes, there has been no data that suggest the health risks of passive vaping to the health of bystanders.
This is because an e-liquid is generally composed of nicotine, vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, and flavourings, where it is exhaled into the atmosphere as an aerosol.