Common Myths, Explained
As vaping increases in popularity, talk about the activity’s risks also becomes more widespread. Some of this information is verifiably true, some questionable and some is just downright false. When it comes to vaping and your health, there are five myths that we hear all too often.
Myth: E-cigarettes are a Tobacco Product
It’s easy to see the confusion. Cigarettes are a tobacco product. The phrase “electronic cigarettes” contains the word “cigarette,” therefore, e-cigs must be a tobacco product.
Not at all! Some e-juices contain nicotine, but this is where the similarities between vape liquid and tobacco cigarettes end. Cigarettes, when burned, expose the smoker to more than 2,000 chemicals. When vaping e-cigs, you’re inhaling a fog produced by four or five ingredients: Water, nicotine (except for no-nicotine e-liquids), propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin, and natural flavoring.
Though the nicotine may be created from tobacco extraction, the process involves removing only nicotine from the plant. All other byproducts are discarded. It’s akin to the caffeine in soda – it may be processed from coffee beans, but there is no coffee to be found in sodas. Likewise, there is no tobacco to be found in e-cigarettes.
Those who don’t wish to ingest nicotine simply need to choose an e-liquid without nicotine added. Look for the bottles that say “0%.”
Myth: E-cigarettes are a Gateway for Teens to Begin Smoking
This myth proposes that e-cigs contain sweet or fruity flavors; therefore they are geared towards younger people. Further, once these younger users become addicted to nicotine they will eventually graduate to smoking tobacco products.
Let’s unpack this. First off, sales of e-cigs are banned to minors in most jurisdictions. We do not sell our products to anyone under the age of 18, and certainly do not market our products to them.
Secondly, the sweet flavors of e-liquids are designed to satisfy the user’s palate in a way that reduces their craving for the taste of tobacco. We offer many different flavors, so you never need to worry about “tongue fatigue” from any specific flavor and thus return to smoking cigarettes.
Finally, studies have shown that most young people, including persons under the age of 18, began nicotine use with analog (traditional) cigarettes. These studies found that young people were far more likely to experiment with vaping after smoking analogs rather than the other way around.
In fact, tobacco use has become extremely unpopular among young people as a result of education, the odor and recent marketing campaigns designed to discourage smoking’s prevalence.
Myth: Because E-cigarettes Contain Nicotine They are Bad for You
OK, let’s be clear: Vaping e-cigarettes is not considered “healthy,” nor do we make any claims that it is. Having said that, there is little doubt of the negative effects of smoking and your health. Anything that assists smokers in reducing or kicking their habit has to be a good thing!
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth, which is why smokers find it so difficult to quit. The benefit of e-cigs is they allow users to gradually reduce nicotine over time while continuing to get the pleasing “throat hit” they’ve become used to.
After gradually reducing the nicotine levels of their e-liquid, many smokers have found themselves vaping zero percent nicotine and free of the desire to smoke tobacco.
Persons who don’t have a smoking habit but choose to vape can simply vape an e-liquid without nicotine. There is no reason to believe vaping is habit forming when our zero percent e-liquid is vaped. Even if you vape dense clouds from our VaporFi Rebel 3, you won’t be ingesting a single molecule of nicotine.
Myth: Second Hand Vapor is Dangerous
With vaping, the nicotine is mostly absorbed into the walls of the lungs. The “cloud” that is exhaled is no more dangerous than the output of the fog machine used in a nightclub, concert or theatre production. In fact, they’re essentially identical.
As yet, no studies have concluded that second-hand vapor is dangerous, nor that it contains noticeable levels of nicotine. If you’re still concerned, you can use a mouth-to-lung device, such as our VaporFi Pro 3, which mimics the feel of smoking without the massive clouds produced by direct-to-lung devices. Or the discreet and inexpensive VaporFi 2 Mini Vaporizer may be more to your taste.
Myth: E-liquid Contains Antifreeze and Formaldehyde
This is utter nonsense. This myth has been making the rounds recently and has even gained traction on social media. The truth is that e-liquid contains neither of those harmful chemicals. So where did this rumor come from?
Propylene glycol (PG) is just one of the many ingredients used to make environmentally safe antifreeze. Ironically, it’s eco-friendly! PG is also found in beer, margarine, flavored coffee and cake mix. There’s certainly no uproar about those products containing antifreeze.
As for formaldehyde, a study has found that inhaling a vape device at high voltage with a dry wick (known as a “dry hit”) produces noticeable amounts of formaldehyde. The problem is that it doesn’t come from the e-liquid; it comes from the burning of the wick. No one who vapes enjoys a dry hit – as soon as you get a dry hit, you add e-liquid to your device. Problem solved.
The same study found that you’d have to inhale massive amounts of synthetic cotton wicks to be comparable to the amount of formaldehyde ingested from smoking cigarettes.
In conclusion: Vape using our FDA registered e-liquid and don’t smoke cotton balls. You’ll be fine!
We hope now that these myths are debunked you’ll see the benefits of vaping e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking. VaporFi is proud to carry an exciting selection of e-liquids, vaping devices, mods and kits. All of our products are safe, reasonably priced and registered by the FDA. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns regarding vaping and your health.