5 “Facts” That Everyone Gets Wrong About Vaping
Vaping is the latest hot topic that seems to have everyone talking. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who seem to be interested in ensuring that the true facts of the matter are kept hidden under a mountain of propaganda.
It’s an unfortunate by-product of the modern social media age, where anyone can spread misinformation and before you know it, it’s taken as gospel by the majority of people. So, with that in mind, we’ve decided to set a few things straight.
1. Young Non-Smokers Are Taking up Vaping Instead
This is one of the biggest myths that is peddled by the anti-vaping lobby. That there are hordes of young people who had previously never smoked before, suddenly taking up vaping as a hobby and it being a gateway to nicotine usage and smoking cigarettes. While it would be dishonest to claim that it isn’t happening at all, it’s also dishonest to claim that it is an epidemic and a problem.
The true facts when it comes to this issue are that there is an incredibly low uptake of vaping when it comes to young people who have never previously smoked. In fact the number is slightly less than 1%. This slightly less than 1% includes teenagers who have never used a nicotine e-liquid as well, so the true figure of young people who have begun using nicotine due to vaping who previously wouldn’t have is significantly lower than 1%.
2. Everyone Vapes Nicotine
Vaping is often used as a quitting smoking tool. It’s not yet been ratified as an official quitting smoking tool, despite most evidence pointing towards it being significantly more successful than other quitting smoking aids, but that’s a different point entirely. The fact remains that when most people make the switch from smoking to vaping, they do use a nicotine e-liquid.
This does change over time though, as they get used to vaping they find it easier to lower their nicotine dosage and eventually move towards a zero nicotine e-liquid. This is due to the act of vaping replacing the psychological act of smoking. This helps the brain to deal with the removal of nicotine over time and craving stay away far more successfully.
Of course, it would be easy to dismiss that if you had some kind of anti-vaping agenda, but it wouldn’t be so easy to dismiss the sales figures that show that low-zero nicotine content e-liquids outsell the medium-high nicotine content e-liquids quite comfortably. As with most things in the world, if there wasn’t a market for it then it wouldn’t exist and there is most definitely a market for e-liquids without nicotine.
3. Vaping Encourages Smoking
There are a number of studies that show that traditional quit smoking aids don’t have the success rates that they claim. The increase in studies showing that vaping is significantly more successful than these traditional aids doesn’t help when it comes to the various claims being made that vaping encourages smoking.
Due to the opposite being true, that vaping helps people to quit smoking, it has an up to 96% success rate in some studies, this is yet another example of media propaganda being used to spread misinformation about vaping. Vaping doesn’t encourage smoking, it’s proven to help with quitting smoking and it helps people who have relapsed back into smoking too.
4. E-Liquid Ingredients are a Mystery
All too often you see and hear about vaping being described as mysterious. “We don’t know what’s even in the juice they vape with.” This is patently untrue. E-Liquid ingredients are not only widely available, but it would be illegal to hide the ingredients. People have a right to know what they are putting into their bodies, whether it is food, drink or e-liquids.
The whole myth that e-liquid ingredients are a mystery is a red herring put out there by anti vaping campaigners to attempt to put people off the idea of vaping. Not only is this disingenuous but it can also be harmful to people’s health if instead of vaping they gravitate towards the alternative of smoking.
E-Liquids usually contain vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine and flavourings that are used in the food industry. Each of these items has a number of studies behind what they do and the levels of toxicity they have so to say that the e-liquid ingredients are a mystery is nothing but a lie.
5. Vaping is More Harmful Than Smoking
This is the number 1 “fact” that gets peddled around. Let’s just get one thing clear, vaping is significantly less harmful than smoking is. There are a number of studies all making the same things clear, vaping has many magnitudes lower levels of toxins in the vapour it creates. While it would be wrong to claim there is zero risk to vaping, in relation to smoking or even in relation to eating a double cheeseburger, it carries a much lower risk.
There is also no evidence that shows that secondhand vaping causes any damage at all. This is in a stark contrast to smoking where second-hand smoke is almost as harmful as actually smoking. There is no current evidence available about second-hand double cheeseburgers, but it doesn’t sound particularly appetizing. The truth is that choosing to vape is hundreds of times safer than smoking and making the choice to vape can save lives as well as money.
All of these points show that there is a lot of misleading information around about vaping. Whether this has been spread maliciously or not, it’s harmful to the general population if they’re being put off from taking up vaping in order to quit smoking because of misinformation and in some cases downright lies.
Ensure that you are up to date with the full facts on the true effects of vaping, don’t allow yourself to be taken in by the lies and mistruths that are spread by tobacco companies.
About the Author:
Albert Just is an Editor and a tech-guy behind EcigsUK.org.uk. He's also an avid E-cigs enthusiast with a passion for graphic design and website development who enjoys vaping and testing out new gear.