There seems to be no end to the myths about vaping you’ll hear from friends or read in the news. From the somewhat true to the completely unfounded and downright sensational, vaping myths can have you wondering what’s true and what isn’t. Are they more dangerous than traditional cigarettes? How different is vaping from smoking? Does e-juice contain anti-freeze? (NO!) We have compiled a list of facts and myths to know about the dangers of vaping to help you get your answers straight.
Vapour cigarettes emit second-hand smoke like traditional cigarettes: FALSE
This is one of the biggest myths about vaping. Vapour cigarettes, unlike traditional cigarettes, do not emit second-hand smoke because no combustion occurs in an electronic cigarette. Vapour cigarettes emit water vapour, which smells more pleasant than the smoke from cigarettes and cigars, and is less likely to linger. You can read more evidence here: New study proves there is no second-hand vaping: e-cigarette aerosol contains less volatile compounds than normal exhaled breath.
Vaping is good for the environment: TRUE
Vaping is, in fact, eco-friendly. Every year, humans litter the earth with more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts every year. There are no cigarette butts produced when you vape an e-cigarette. Instead, vaping products are battery powered and many are rechargeable and recyclable. Traditional cigarettes have a massive impact on the environment and are a major contributor to air pollution, forest fires, and death of marine life. With vaping products, there is little environmental impact to worry about.
Vaping causes you to inhale formaldehyde: FALSE
The infamous formaldehyde myth. This one caused quite the stir when the “study” making this claim was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The intention of the study was to calculate the risk of cancer in humans, which would be a great thing to know.
Unfortunately, the researchers botched the study by having machines simulate the act of vaping at temperatures that were so high they caused dry-hit conditions. Each and every single one of us can tell when we are getting a dry hit and immediately quit vaping. After dying and feeling the heat of 1,000 suns in our throat we then come back to life, address the problem, and fill our tank or re-drip on our coil. The machines did not simulate the real act of vaping in their study.
You can view the whole study here: Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols
You can view the facts behind debunking the myth here: Spreading fear and confusion with misleading formaldehyde studies and here: The deception of measuring formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: the difference between laboratory measurements and true exposure
E-Cigarettes will give you Popcorn Lung: FALSE
Another myth that took the vaping industry by storm and still gets brought up every so often… Vaping gives you popcorn lung. This claim is just comical when you get down to the facts.
The big fuss was about e-liquids containing diacetyl, which caused popcorn lung in popcorn factory workers from breathing in high levels of diacetyl from the butter flavouring. The primary e-liquid flavours of concern were custard flavours. While we think all e-liquids should be diacetyl free for the safety of all vapers, the levels of diacetyl that were found in e-liquids were so insignificant compared to the levels of diacetyl that are found in regular cigarette smoke.
Dr. Michael Siegel concluded that smokers are exposed to diacetyl levels that are 750 times higher than the diacetyl levels of vaping. An average vaper is exposed to 9 micrograms of diacetyl per day while the average smoker is exposed to 6,718 micrograms.
Siegel also went further in-depth when he looked at the Harvard study that caused the diacetyl concerns in the first place. He found that the e-liquid with the highest levels of diacetyl-exposed vapers to just 239 micrograms whereas a heavy smoker is exposed to 20,340 micrograms. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist, but the numbers speak for themselves. Read more here: A new study finds diacetyl in e-cigarettes but exaggerates risks and fails to discuss about smoking. and here: Media Bias Exposed: ‘Popcorn Lung’ Chemical 750 Times Greater In Tobacco Vs. E-Cigarettes
Regardless of this, the House of Liquid doesn't use diacetyl in its e-liquids at all and we use only natural organic flavourings.
Nicotine causes cancer: FALSE
This myth was used more as a scare tactic than anything, but you can see why people would draw that conclusion if they don’t know their facts. Plain and simple, nicotine is not a carcinogen. There have been multiple studies done by independent groups and government agencies that have not found a link between nicotine and cancer. This means that it has to be the thousands of chemicals in cigarettes that cause cancer. In fact, while it is addicting, nicotine is about as harmful to your body as caffeine. Read more here: Nicotine...Friend or Foe? and here: All about Nicotine (and Addiction) and here from Cancer Research UK: Could E-cigarettes help Stop Smoking Services beat addiction?
Vaping causes the same harm to your body as smoking cigarettes: FALSE
As vapers, we probably don’t need to bust out the facts to debunk this myth because we are living proof that vaping doesn’t cause the same harm to our bodies as smoking cigarettes. Aside from the fact that our e-liquid has 4 ingredients compared to the thousands of chemicals found in cigarettes, we know our bodies best. We know we can breathe better, have more endurance, and we have an increased sense of smell and taste. All things that were hindered by smoking.
Well, now you have some scientific evidence to back up the way you feel! A study led by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos from the Department of Cardiology at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece found that smoking cigarettes caused a greater elevation in blood pressure and heart rate compared to e-cigarettes. The study also found that while cigarettes acutely impaired diastolic function there was no difference in diastolic function observed in e-cig users. Read more here: Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device (e-cigarette) on myocardial function: comparison with the effects of regular cigarettes
E-cigs are more addictive than regular cigarettes: Hmmm?
This myth may have some truth behind it because we are addicted to getting new mods and tanks, but science proves that e-cigarettes are not as physically addictive as cigarettes.
Two independent studies, one conducted by Dr. Murray Laugesen and one by Dr. Thomas Eissenberg at Virginia Commonwealth University, found that e-cigs do not deliver nicotine as efficiently as regular cigarettes. In fact, e-cigs deliver nicotine in lower levels than tobacco smoke.
On top of that, some argue that it’s not the nicotine that makes cigarettes so addictive. While there is no denying the fact that nicotine is addictive, many claim the thousands of other chemicals and by-products of cigarettes make them much more addictive than they’re made out to be.
You can read more about Dr. Laugesen’s study here: E-Cigarettes 200 Times Less Toxic Than Analogs, New Study Shows
You can read more about Dr. Eissenberg’s study here: Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms
Health authorities do not recommend e-cigarettes: FALSE
Quite the opposite actually, as the Royal Society for Public Health says health bosses should encourage people to quit tobacco for nicotine-only e-cigarettes and proposes licensing tobacco sellers. Health chiefs across the UK have been urged to take a less negative attitude towards e-cigarettes and embrace their use in the battle against more harmful tobacco smoking. Read more here: New report echoes RSPH call for greater utilisation of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit
Public Health England goes further by saying that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking. The review, commissioned by PHE and led by Professor Ann McNeill (King’s College London) and Professor Peter Hajek (Queen Mary University of London), suggests that e-cigarettes may be contributing to falling smoking rates among adults and young people. The comprehensive review of the evidence finds that almost all of the 2.6 million adults using e-cigarettes in Great Britain are current or ex-smokers, most of whom are using the devices to help them quit smoking or to prevent them going back to cigarettes. It also provides reassurance that very few adults and young people who have never smoked are becoming regular e-cigarette users (less than 1% in each group). Read more here: E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review
A final note:
Everything in life needs to be in proportion and nothing is 100% safe. But the facts are clear to see that vaping is a lot safer than traditional smoking and has the potential to save millions of lives around the world. In believing these myths that in some cases have been allegedly promoted by certain industries to protect their own business interests is scandalous.
As in all cases when you purchase something, try and educate yourself as much as possible and we are always here to help with your questions.
If you can think of any more myths that need debunking then, by all means, please add them in the comments section below.
Happy and safe vaping...!!!