Truth Or Fiction?
As vaping continues to become more popular in the United Kingdom so have many of the rumours and misconceptions that surrounded vaping from the beginning. Whether you’re a vaper of not, you’ve probably heard many of these myths and while many of them are obviously wrong and easy to dismiss, some of them can seem plausible to the general public.
These misconceptions include worrying and off-putting ideas about the health effects of vaping as well as the industry being unregulated and the products unsafe. It’s easy to see how myths like these can give vaping a bad reputation and discourage people from giving vaping a chance.
Discouraging new vapers is a big concern as vaping has been shown to almost double the chances of quitting smoking. Being put off of vaping because of rumours can make it harder for smokers to quit for good.
Unfortunately, one of the more popular myths about vaping is that it doesn’t help people quit smoking, and instead actually encourages new people to take up smoking. This is completely untrue and there has been a great deal of research that debunks this misconception. But, like many of the rumours out there, this myth continues to be spread.
Comparing E-liquid Vapor To Cigarette Smoke
It is important to remember that around half of all smokers are estimated to die as a result of smoking related illness and on average smokers lose more than a decade from their life because of smoking. In addition to the negative health effect that cigarettes have on smokers, second-hand smoke is estimated to cause more than ten thousand deaths each year in the United Kingdom alone.
Current research has shown that vaping has significantly less health risks compared to smoking. Vaping has also been shown to almost double the chances of successfully quitting smoking when compared to smokers who try to quit alone. This can make a huge difference in the lives of millions of people and we need to recognise this reality instead of allowing misconceptions to make it harder for smokers to quit for good.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest misconceptions about vaping that have remained popular despite the growing research that disproves them.
The idea that vaping is just as harmful as smoking has been a common misconception since vaping was first introduced. While it is understandable that people are cautious when there health is at risk, there is a growing amount of research proving that vaping is far safer than smoking.
Smoking tobacco produces thousands of chemicals which can cause health problems. These chemicals include formaldehyde, arsenic, ammonia, carbon monoxide and many more which have a strong connection to cancer, heart disease and lung disease. Tobacco smoke also forms tar which leads to lung damage that can cause diseases like emphysema and bronchitis.
Vaping e-liquids doesn’t create new chemicals, instead it vaporises the chemicals already in the juice which do not have the same health risks as those found in tobacco cigarettes.
Nicotine And Quitting Smoking
One of the most persistent misconceptions about vaping is related to the fact that nicotine is sometimes an ingredient e-liquids. Part of the problem is that some people think that nicotine is the most harmful chemical 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.
As we already know, research has shown that vaping can almost double the chances of quitting smoking. But this hasn’t stopped rumours claiming vaping does nothing to help smokers quit, or even suggest that vaping encourages more people to smoke. These misconceptions are completely untrue, but they remain popular among those who want to mistrust vaping regardless of what the evidence suggests.
Around three million people have taken up vaping in the United Kingdom since vaping was first introduced and more than half of that number have also given up smoking entirely. That’s more than ten percent of smokers in the United Kingdom that have given up thanks to vaping and the number continues to grow as more smokers turn to vaping to help them quit.
A Realistic View
Vaping is relatively new and vaping regulations are not as obvious or prominent as the rules about tobacco products. Because of this there are some who spread rumours that vaping is completely unregulated. In reality, e-liquids and vaping kits are closely regulated. Food, drink and tobacco are regulated, so of course there are regulations in place for vaping products.
The vaping industry and all e-liquids sold in the United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom, e-liquids and vaping equipment must be registered with the heath regulators, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
Rumours and misconceptions about vaping remain popular among the general public. This can have a negative effect on the opinion of vaping, which isn’t fair with all the research being done that disproves these false claims.
One of the biggest worries is that these misconceptions might be deterring smokers from trying vaping to help them quit harmful and addictive cigarettes.
Research has shown that around three million people have taken up vaping in the United Kingdom and more than half of that number have also given up smoking entirely. That’s one and a half million people who’ve given up an activity that will kill around fifty percent of users through smoking related illness.
We all know how harmful smoking can be and how difficult it can be to give up. It’s important to make sure false claims and misinformation aren’t putting smokers off trying something that could greatly increase their chances of quitting for good.