Since vaping has become popular, many stories have come out about it. Since it is a replacement for smoking, many people believe vaping is dangerous too and many myths have come out about it. Today I'm going to debunk these myths and expose the truth of vaping.
Myth 1: Vaping Will Give You Popcorn Lung
Popcorn Lung is a rare condition that injures the bronchioles (the lungs' smallest airway). Over time, inflammation related to popcorn lung causes the lung tissues and airways to scar and narrow, causing breathing problems.
Popcorn Lung is caused by Diacetyl, a chemical compound commonly used to give foods a buttery taste. E-Liquids used to contain this chemical, but in 2016, it was banned from all vape products, so there is no way of getting popcorn lung from it now,
Myth 2: Vaping Is Just as Harmful as Cigarettes
Everything is harmful in some way, but vaping isn't as bad as smoking. The nicotine in the e-liquid is addictive, but otherwise is harmless, though people believe the nicotine is the dangerous part of smoking. The actual harmful parts of cigarettes, the tar and carbon monoxide, is not in the e-cigarette. Public Health England concluded that "E-cigarettes are 95% safer than smoked tobacco and they can help smokers quit".
Myth 3: Passive Vaping Is Harmful to Others
Secondhand smoke is known to cause similar side effects to smoking; cancer, lung disease, etc. Secondhand Vapor doesn't have this though, since it's just water vapour with flavourings, and does not contain tar or carbon monoxide.
Myth 4: E-Cigarettes Can Explode
This can happen, but only if the battery is used improperly. Be sure to stay safe with batteries and follow the instructions set by the battery manufacturers.
Myth 5: Vaping Is More Addictive than Smoking
Many people believe moving to vaping can make you more addictive. This isn't true. E-Cigarettes have been found to decrease the nicotine delivery, even when using a high nicotine strength.
Myth 6: Vaping Does Not Help People Quit Smoking
This is a strange myth, especially considering that, according to Public Health England, an estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and over half of these have completely stopped smoking.
Myth 7: E-Cigarettes Encourage Young People to Smoke
With the different sweet flavours available, many people believe that kids are encouraged to vape. However, many studies have found that use of e-cigarettes by kids remains low. Furthermore, like the tobacco industry, vape vendors challenge people who may be under 18.
Myth 8: E-Liquid Contains Antifreeze
Antifreeze contains PG, the chemical also contained in e-liquids, which is why people believe this, but PG is actually added to antifreeze to make it non-toxic. E-Liquids do not contain antifreeze and is always regulated by TPD to ensure you don't get any toxic chemicals.
Myth 9: Vaping Is More Expensive than Cigarettes
Initially, buying a full kit and e-liquid for your vaping costs more than a pack of cigarettes, but once it's bought, you don't throw the e-cigarette away unless it breaks, and you just buy coils and e-liquids, meaning it eventually cost less.
In conclusion, nothing is 100% safe but it is proven vaping is 95% safer than smoking, so why not give it a go? Happy Vaping!