More Myths To Amuse You
There has been a lot of research into the effects of vaping in recent years, greatly increasing our understanding of how vaping works. But despite this growing body of evidence, alarming myths about vaping are still common.
In fact, there are so many myths surrounding vaping that it can be difficult to find the truth. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common rumours that still remain popular despite the evidence proving them wrong.
Regarding Health Risks
One of the most popular myths about vaping is that it is just as harmful as smoking. It’s understandable that people would be worried about health risks, but there has been a lot of research into the effects of vaping and the evidence shows that vaping is significantly safer than smoking. Organisations like Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians agree with this research, saying that vaping is around 95% less harmful than smoking. This doesn’t mean that vaping is completely free of risks, but it is far less dangerous than using tobacco products.
Regulations And Addictions
Critics of vaping often say that vaping doesn’t help people give up smoking. But this is completely untrue as statistics show that smokers using vaping to help quit are almost twice as likely to successfully give up tobacco.
Thousands of smokers give up smoking each year with the help of vaping and organisations like Public health England and the NHS recognise vaping as a way to help smokers successfully quit.
Nicotine and addiction
Not all e-liquids contain nicotine, but most people turn to vaping to quit smoking, using vaping as a nicotine replacement therapy. Some people claim that because vaping uses nicotine that makes it just as harmful as smoking.
Nicotine is an addictive substance and is associated with other health risks that aren’t as severe as the most dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke. Its recommended that non-smokers don’t vape with nicotine to avoid the risk of addiction.
For smokers the dangers of nicotine have to be balanced with the benefits of giving up smoking. Vaping has been proven to almost double the chances of smokers quitting for good and vaping is significantly safer than smoking. The nicotine in e-liquids is helpful for smokers who are trying to quit. Without nicotine replacement therapies like patches, gum or vaping, smokers would find it much harder to successfully give up cigarettes.
Despite the fact that the UK government has had vaping laws for years, some people still spread the myth that vaping is completely unregulated.
This myth plays on our fear of the unknown, if vaping is unregulated, then who knows what dangerous chemicals or dodgy equipment could be used! But in reality, vaping products are strictly controlled and regulated in this country.
Vaping products produced or sold in the UK have strict rules 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 Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
Because the vaping industry is closely regulated we know exactly what ingredients are used in e-liquids. And unlike tobacco cigarettes which create large amounts of dangerous chemicals when smoked, e-liquids only produce a small number of chemicals when vaped which are easier to study and regulate.
Gateways, Secondhand And So On…
One myth that’s become much more popular in recent years is the idea that the tobacco industry is using vaping to encourage new people to take up smoking. As vaping has grown more popular and the number of smokers decreased, some tobacco companies have started their own vaping lines. But this doesn’t mean that vaping is used to encourage smoking, just that tobacco companies want to get in on the success of vaping.
The Royal College of Physicians supports research saying that vaping is not a gateway into smoking or encouraging new people to take up cigarettes. They also point out that the number of smokers is at an all time low in countries where vaping is widespread.
Vaping and quitting Smoking
Another myth about vaping is the idea that vaping doesn’t actually help smokers quit, or that there is no evidence to support this. This myth is obviously wrong and a quick internet search will prove that, but the misconception remains popular among vaping critics.
Research shows that vaping can almost double the chances of a smoker successfully giving up cigarettes for good. Public Health England, the NHS and other medical organisations support the findings of this research and promote the use of vaping as one of the ways to help smokers quit.
Around three million people have taken up vaping in the UK in the last decade and half of that number have also given up smoking entirely.
The dangers of second hand vaping
When vaping first started to become popular people were concerned that passive vaping could be just as harmful as passive smoking. These misconceptions have continued despite the evidence against them. More research needs to be done, but current studies show that vaping is significantly safer than smoking and that second-hand vapour is even less harmful.
There have been no confirmed cases of passive vaping leading to serious harm, but second-hand vapour could still carry some risks.
There are a variety of myths about vaping that still remain popular despite being completely inaccurate. A lot of research is being done into the effects of vaping and there is more and more evidence proving the myths to be false.
The biggest problem with these myths is that they can make it difficult for people to learn the truth about vaping and discourage smokers who want to quit from trying vaping. Vaping is significantly safer than smoking and has been proven to almost double the chances of smokers successfully giving up.
So, these vaping myths could be preventing smokers from trying something that will help them live healthier lives.