By now, you either know someone who smokes an e-cigarette, you’ve seen someone smoking one in public, or you vape yourself. In North America, more than 9 million people in the United States and 946,000 Canadians are vaping today.
The vaping industry is growing at an exponential rate, and with that growth many misconceptions and false facts are being spread across the world. Without the proper fact-based information available to individuals, these myths are being accepted as true, and we’re here to do something about it.
Here are 5 common e-cigarette myths: debunked.
- They’re More Expensive Than Regular Cigarettes:
This myth couldn’t be more incorrect. This misconception arises at the beginning of vaping, which requires the user to buy e-juices, a vaping pen, and replacement parts. Though the “startup cost” is higher than buying a pack of cigarettes, over the course of the year, the individual will save thousands when compared to buying a pack of cigarettes per day. An Irish study confirmed that vapers save 2000 euro per year compared to regular smokers.
- Vaping Is Just As Bad For You As Cigarettes:
Vaping does indeed contain nicotine, providing the addictive fix that most smokers seek. However, it does not contain tar or high dosages of nicotine that can be found in regular cigarettes. Vaping is recommended to ex-smokers as a mode of aiding the process of quitting cigarettes. It can save people’s lives, as well as spare them from lung cancer down the line.
- E-juice Ingredients Are Not Disclosed:
This is a common myth today. You’ll hear a lot of people claim that “we don’t really know what’s in the e-juice.” After simple research, you can find that while regular cigarettes have 4000+ ingredients with at least 70 known carcinogens in them, e-juices only contain a few ingredients. Typical juices contain just water, artificial and natural flavoring, tobacco extracts, and nicotine in small doses.
Do note that this does vary from brand to brand, so it’s important to do your homework and understand what you are ingesting each day.
- Nicotine Is Bad For You, No Matter The Dosage:
It’s true that a high amount of nicotine is not only bad for your organs, but also your dependency on the drug. However, nicotine as a compound is not a carcinogen. Therefore, nicotine does not contribute to the development of cancer. The biggest nicotine-related problem is that it’s an addictive substance, thereby making quitting smoking incredibly difficult for people. By pairing nicotine with the carcinogens in regular cigarettes, it’s a recipe for disaster.
- Vaping Doesn’t Help You Quit Smoking:
A 2014 study published in Addiction confirmed that vaping is indeed a sustainable path towards a non-smoking lifestyle. The study confirms that e-cigarettes can aid in smoking cessation, but that “there are many factors that could influence their real-world effectiveness.” In all, the study found that e-cigarettes users were more likely to report total abstinence than those who opted for NRT or no aid at all.
Know your vaping facts. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and we’re doing our part to correct it – one e-cigarette fact at a time.