Top Vaping Myths Debunked
No doubt, when you walk down the street you are bound to see someone puffing on a vape. In fact in the UK alone there are more than two millions vapers. With the rise in popularity, naturally there are a number of vaping myths that are circulating the media.
It was inevitably going to happen, so we wanted to de-bunk some of these vaping myths to ensure that you’re all clued up next time you hear one.
“If you vape you’ll get popcorn lung”
Long term exposure to Diacetyl has, in the past, caused an irreversible lung condition called Obliterative bronchiolitis. Diacetyl gives a buttery and creamy flavouring to things and is an ingredient found in some e-liquids. It has to be said that you would need to be exposed to a large amount of this ingredient to be at risk and the good news is that only very few liquids contain Diacetyl. If you decide to vape a flavour that contains it, then you just need to understand the risk involved.
“You don’t know what they put in vape juice”
Traditional ciggies have thousands of chemicals in them, many of which we have little or no idea of what they are or their effects. Vape juice has four ingredients: two diluents, nicotine and flavourings. If you have 0mg nicotine then you just have three ingredients in your vape juice, sounds a little better than 4000 chemicals found in cigarettes.
All reputable vape companies should be able to provide you with the exact ingredients of your vape juice to put your mind at ease.
“Vape devices explode”
“There was that story of that man who’s vape exploded and...” Of course there are stories like that, just as there are with mobile phones and microwaves. An e-cigarette is an electronic device and needs to be handled with care and kept in good condition. There have been situations where vape devices have exploded, however this is usually down to user error- for example, people using the wrong chargers, or having them in pockets knocking against keys or change.
“It makes non smokers take up the habit”
Vaping is designed to help people quit smoking tobacco, and there is (not that I know of) no marketing to encourage non smokers to start. The results from a study by Action on Health found that 0.1% of people have never smoked and now vape.
“Kids are vaping”
In the UK you have to be 18 to buy an e-cigarette or an e-liquid, in fact to even go on a website or in store you need to be 18. The packaging is bright (but so is the packaging for wallpaper paste…) and the flavours are sweet, but don't us adults enjoy those tastes too?
“Vaping is just as bad for you as smoking”
To debunk this vaping myth, all we need is one simple stat. Public Health England have found that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
Hopefully you now feel equipped with knowledge next time someone fires one of these vaping myths your way.
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