Myth-busting: 8 ‘facts’ about vaping – are they true?

Let’s face it; the media nowadays is awash with opinion, speculation and hard facts about how much misinformation, deliberate or otherwise, there is swirling about us. What’s true? What’s false? How much truth is there in a statement? How can you tell if something’s an outright lie or whether there’s more truth in it than exaggeration? It’s something that many of us are concerned about today and rightly so. And, suddenly, it’s difficult to know where to turn.

Perhaps the best thing to do when you’re faced with a fact concerning something undeniably important of which you feel incapable of judging for truth or falsehood is to do some research – and only come to a conclusion on statements, facts and that topic when you’ve contented yourself that what you’ve read and accept as fact sounds sensible, reputable, reliable and/ or can be undoubtedly backed up by solid (ideally academic/ scientific) evidence.

So, concerning the following facts – or, rather, myths for the most part – by all means peruse what we have to say, but don’t merely take our well-meaning and, of course, reliable, word for it. Do some research and find out for yourself…!

  1. Vaping leads to smoking

This is frankly nonsense; in actuality, vaping tends to be one of the most effective ways out there to try and quit smoking. The truth is a recent study that looked at this supposed fact found that fewer than 300 people who started vaping, having never smoked before, seemed to end up smoking as a consequence. To put that in context, in 2016 there were more than 2.8 million vapers in the UK alone.

  1. It’s impossible to prove vaping’s helped people stop smoking

Not true at all. There’s evidence all over the shop. For example, US authorities, for sure, and its scientific community (compared at least to those in the UK) may appear to be cool towards vaping and e-cigarettes, but recently the well-regarded American Journal of Preventative Medicine published a study’s findings that claimed, following a six-month period of vaping instead of smoking, 31 percent of subjects didn’t relapse back to conventional tobacco cigarettes.

  1. Vapour and tobacco are as harmful as each other

No, they’re not. Simply because tobacco smoke contains at least 60 separate chemicals that are carcinogenic; none of which you’ll find in any vapour generated by any e-juice heated in an e-cig device.

  1. An e-cigarette is very likely to explode and/ or catch fire

Quite frankly, there’s a tiny outside chance that any lithium ion battery-carrying electronic device might explode and/ or catch fire, but when it comes to e-cigarettes, the likelihood of it happening (should it be used sensibly, responsibly and as directed by the manufacturer, along with healthy, safe batteries) is so low, it’s negligible. Indeed, on this topic, US Fire Administration has reported: “considering the vast number of products in the field that use lithium-ion batteries … it is clear that the failure rates are low”.

  1. Vaping is more addictive than smoking

How much nicotine (the addictive chemical present in both tobacco and e-liquid and, thus, what delivers the ‘hit’ that smokers and vapers who are/ were smokers crave) that’s consumed while vaping entirely depends on the level of nicotine content in the e-liquid. Thereby ensuring that you can categorically ensure you reduce the nicotine level – and so, the addictive level – of your vaping as you go along. In fact, it’s for this reason that vaping can be so effective in helping smokers quit tobacco ciggies – and why so many are giving it a go.

  1. It’s difficult to ascertain exactly what’s in an e-cigarette

So long as you purchase an e-cig product from a reputable manufacturer via a well-reviewed vendor (such as a well-respected e cig shop London), this isn’t true at all. Like for all decent products, the packaging, at the very least, of such e-cig devices, batteries and e-juices should all have clearly marked on them exactly what they contain. If you are dubious because something you come across looks like a ‘cowboy product’, don’t give it the time of day and simply move on.

  1. Vaping can – and probably will – give you cancer

As outlined above, e-liquids and their vapour contain none of the carcinogens that tobacco smoke does; therefore, the act of vaping doesn’t expose you (or, indeed, by extension anyone else around you) to any of them. In fact, so far, there’s been no academic/ scientific evidence to prove that vaping causes cancer – indeed, due in large part to this fact, it’s been estimated that vaping is 95 percent less harmful to the human body than smoking tobacco.

  1. E-liquids are manufactured with and contain anti-freeze

Anti-freeze is toxic and, should you consume any, it could be very harmful. Yet, the claim that e-liquids contain anti-freeze is bizarre because they don’t in any way whatsoever. Sure, anti-freeze contains a chemical compound – a very toxic one – called ethylene glycol and many e-juices contain something that sounds similar (propylene glycol), but that’s where the similarity ends. After all, the latter chemical is used in the manufacture of not just e-juices, but also many medications and a whole host of foods, to boot.