The vaping community has seen some pretty outrageous myths and misconceptions. While a lot of myths have been debunked, some of them continue to linger on. And we like to do our part in exposing these false truths. So, see the facts behind 7 myths about vaping that you should know.
1. “E-Liquids Are Dangerous; You Don’t Know What You’re Inhaling”
This is among the most common myths out there, often scaring people who don’t know a lot about vaping. The fact is that there are only a few ingredients used in e-liquids such as vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, food flavoring. Nicotine may or may not be present. It all depends on the kind of vaping you do. These ingredients are found in everyday products ranging from food to cosmetics.
2. “Vaping Harms Your Body the Same Way Cigarettes Do”
People who vape are living proof that it doesn’t harm your body as if you were smoking cigarettes. According to a study done by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos from Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Greece, smoking cigarettes caused blood pressure and heart rate to increase more compared to by the consumption of e-cigarettes. The study also showed that the diastolic function of e-cigarette users was unaffected while smoking impaired the function.
3. “E-Liquids Contain Anti-Freeze”
Among the ingredients, propylene glycol, is used in anti-freeze as well. But that doesn’t mean e-liquids contain anti-freeze. But when this claim was made, it shook the vaping industry a little.
The interesting thing is that when propylene glycol is used in anti-freeze, it is supposed to make the anti-freeze less harmful in case it’s swallowed. Propylene glycol is also used in a lot of hospitals for sanitization purposes.
4. “E-cigs Are Explosive”
This myth is around because of some scary news stories that have been published. The fact remains that your e-cigarette is no more explosive than your smartphone. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of battery safety and being educated on the proper use of your device – whether it’s an e-cigarette or your phone!
So, don’t just make up your mind based on news items like e-cigarette batteries igniting while on charge. Know the full story! Vape safely and you’re good to go.
5. “Vaping Products Are Not Regulated”
This was actually till a couple of years ago. Currently, the FDA maintains a comprehensive list of regulations for manufacturers and shops dealing with vaping products. The introduction of the regulations was not very warmly taken by the vaping community. But it actually encouraged manufacturers to further improve their game and create quality vaping products. Plus, word of mouth is also very strong in the vaping community, which also helps you choose the best products and stay on the level.
6. “Vaping Is More Addictive Than Regular Smoking”
The only way in which vaping is more addictive than conventional smoking is that people who vape often want to get their hands on the latest mods and products. But medically speaking, vaping is not as physically addictive as normal cigarettes.
According to a study done by Dr. Thomas Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth University, e-cigarettes are not as effective in delivering nicotine (usually attributed to addiction) as normal cigarettes are.
7. “Vaping Makes You Inhale Formaldehyde”
Oh – you will love the story behind this myth! A study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, was done to determine the risk of cancer in human beings. However, in the study, machines were used to simulate the act of vaping at temperatures so high that they resulted in dry-hit conditions.
Now, when a human would experience this condition, they would stop vaping immediately. But the machines kept on going and hence the results of the study concluded that vaping makes you inhale the highly toxic poison formaldehyde!
So there you go. Now you know better than to believe these 7 vaping myths! It’s always better to know the full story than blindly believing what you hear.