Sometimes it seems like there’s a lot of misinformation about vaping among those who don’t vape. While it’s not uncommon for these people to be concerned about the potential health risks of vaping, myths can be spread in the process. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can have an effect on the vaping industry and change how this great alternative to smoking is viewed by society. Read on to learn about six of the more common ones.
1. Vaping is as Dangerous as Smoking
Many people will be quick to say that vaping is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Public Health England recently conducted a study and discovered that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. It also cited vaping as an effective method to actually quit smoking for good. People all over the world are switching to it so they can avoid the damage that cigarettes do to their bodies.
2. Secondhand Vapor is Hazardous
Like secondhand smoke, non-vapers have been wary of the effects of inhaling secondhand vapor, often claiming it’s unsafe to be around. Several studies have been completed on the effects of vapor emitted from e-cigarettes. In one that was conducted last year, it was found that indoor air and normal, exhaled breath had more volatile organic compounds than e-cigarette aerosol. The findings also illustrated that less toxic compounds were detected in the vapor compared with exhaled breath. Secondhand vapor is relatively harmless, especially in comparison to secondhand cigarette smoke.
3. Products are Unregulated
Before the FDA established its regulations on vaping, people cited vaping as unsafe because the products and practices weren’t regulated by the government. However, even before this change, the vaping industry generally regulated itself. Products have been restricted to adults who are eighteen and over, e-liquids containing nicotine are clearly labeled, and more. A growing number of companies are completely dedicated to delivering high quality products, crafted with safe ingredients, to their customers.
4. Products are Marketed to Children
On the contrary, stores and manufacturers do not want e-cigarettes and their accessories to end up in the hands of those who are underage. Before sales to minors were banned, many stores still refuse to sell these products without carding the individual to ensure that they’re eighteen or over. There are also claims that by producing sweet flavors based on candy and desserts, e-liquids are being advertised to children. However, the reality is that a large part of the vaping industry really is based around all the unique flavors, and many sweet ones just happen to be popular among adults.
5. Vaping will Lead to Cigarette Smoking
The vast majority of the vaping industry consists of former smokers who have successfully kicked their habit. Actually, vaping in general is built around trying to help people quit smoking. There are very few new vapers that weren’t former smokers. In addition, many people continue to vape because of all the new flavors to try and enjoy, as well as participating in the extensive local and online communities. Smoking traditional cigarettes doesn’t have the same feel or taste of vaping either. It also costs much more. Why would someone switch from the better alternative to the less desirable option?
6. E-Cigarettes are Unsafe to Operate
There have been tragic stories in the news regarding e-cigarette explosions, usually involving a teen using an advanced mod. As a result, people have labelled these products as hazardous, no matter how carefully they’re handled. The truth is, mechanical mods are designed for only experienced users that are of age. It’s only through misuse that they can potentially harm the vaper.
Spreading this false information will only negatively affect the progress than the vaping industry has made the past few years. We need to go out there and do what’s necessary to combat these lies, showing what a worthwhile, beneficial substitute vaping is to smoking cigarettes. Vaping continues to be one of the most effective ways to stop smoking cigarettes.