There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about vaping. Many of these misconceptions exist because people confusing vaping with smoking and assuming it has the same health risks.
And of course these myths about vaping are completely untrue. But despite the increasing popularity of vaping and studies supporting the fact that e-liquids don’t share the same health risks as traditional tobacco cigarettes, these misconceptions remain popular.
Two of the most obvious myths are that vaping is as dangerous, or more dangerous, than smoking and that vaping encourages people to take up smoking. In reality vaping has been shown to be 95% less harmful to health compared to smoking and people who use vaping to help quit smoking are almost twice as likely to give up for good than those who try to quit without vaping.
There are a number of other misconceptions that are just as untrue, like the idea of e-liquids being unregulated or that the ingredients are unknown and untested. It doesn’t take long to check and discover that these myths are completely wrong.
The mainstream misconceptions about vaping products have continued to linger despite the increased popularity of vaping and new research into the effects of vaping.
One explanation for these misconceptions is a backlash against the new and incredibly popular vaping. In the early days of vaping some people claimed that e-liquids were completely safe while others reacted by saying the opposite. This is how the myth that e-liquids were as bad or worse than traditional tobacco cigarettes started.
Research has shown that although neither of these statements is completely accurate, vaping has far fewer health concerns compared to cigarettes. Vaping has also been shown to help people quit the more harmful smoking.
It is worth exploring some of these popular misconceptions in more detail to understand the truth of vaping.
One of the most popular misconceptions about vaping is that e-liquid vapour is just as harmful as traditional tobacco cigarette smoke. This myth keeps coming up, despite the fact that research has shown vaping to be significantly safer than smoking.
This misconception might have started back when less studies had been done into vaping. But today there has been a lot more research and the findings support the idea that e-liquids don’t share the same health risks as traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Another misconception is that vaping doesn’t help people quit smoking but instead encourages more people to take up smoking. In reality the opposite is true as smokers who use vaping to help quit are almost twice as likely to successfully give up smoking as those who try to quit without vaping.
Statistically thousands of smokers quit smoking each year with the help of vaping and these numbers are continuing to rise.
Because many e-liquids contain nicotine there are some people who claim that they must be just as dangerous as smoking tobacco. This idea is based around the misconception that nicotine is the most harmful element in cigarettes. While nicotine is addictive and associated with health risks, these risks are minimal compared to other chemicals in smoking linked to cancer, heart disease and lung disease.
Many e-liquids do contain nicotine but they don’t contain the same harmful chemicals as traditional tobacco cigarettes and studies have shown that vaping has far fewer health risks than smoking.
The idea that vaping is unregulated has been another popular myth as the controls on vaping products haven’t been as prominent as those on traditional tobacco cigarettes. But in reality the vaping industry and all e-liquids sold in the UK are regulated and there are laws restricting what ingredients are used as well as the levels of nicotine.
Before they can be sold in the UK, e-liquids and vaping equipment must be registered with the heath regulators, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
The idea that vaping is more addictive than smoking has been a popular myth since vaping first started to become popular. Many e-liquids do contain nicotine, which is addictive, but the amount of nicotine is strictly controlled.
Although it is difficult to compare exact numbers, the amount of nicotine absorbed into the body through vaping is lower than the amount absorbed through smoking. Vaping has also been proven to help people quit smoking and thousands who’ve quit with the help of vaping have also gone on to decrease the levels of nicotine in their e-liquids or stop using nicotine entirely.
The ingredients in e-Liquids
There is another myth tied to the misconception that vaping is not regulated. Some people claim that the ingredients used in e-liquids are unknown and untested. This is completely untrue of as we know exactly what ingredients are used in e-liquids and they’re all regulated.
And unlike traditional tobacco cigarettes which create thousands of different chemicals when they are burned, vaping an e-liquid creates no new chemicals. So, the ingredients used in e-liquids are much easier to understand and regulate.
It has been claimed by some that vaping targets children and leads to more young people smoking. There is no evidence of this as vaping products are not (and can not) be advertised at children.
The smoking rate in young adults has been declining in the years that vaping has become popular. And surveys show that young adults who vape regularly are the same young adults who already smoke, which shows that smokers are more likely to become vapers, not the other way around.
Second Hand Vaping
Some still believe that exposure to the clouds of vapour produced by vaping is harmful to bystanders in the same way that second hand smoke is dangerous. Testing has shown that there are no health risks associated with passive vaping.
People with respiratory conditions such as asthma can be affected by vaping in the same way as other environmental irritants, but no other health problems have been identified.