How many times have people tried to educate you about vaping?
And how many of those people were actual vapers?
Just like I thought…
Funny or not, people who know nothing about vaping tend to be the most nosy and annoying.
Don’t worry, though: I will teach you to deal with them. All you need to do is arm yourself with facts and knowledge, which definitely will help you debunk the vaping myths and win pretty much any argument.
#1 E-Juices Contain Antifreeze
If I got a dollar every time someone told me that there was antifreeze in my e-liquid, I would be able to buy myself the most high-end box mod (and maybe even have some money left to customize it).
The truth is, this myth appeared simply because antifreeze and e-juices have one common ingredient – propylene glycol. It’s actually a safe additive, which you can find in many household products (toothpaste or even food, for example). It serves as the base for e-juices and is recognized by the FDA as a generally safe component. So, while propylene glycol is used in antifreeze, this doesn’t mean that there’s antifreeze in your e-liquid.
#2 E-Liquids Contain Formaldehyde
Usually, when someone tells me this, my initial reaction is to start laughing. However, I control myself since I understand where this myth is coming from.
You see, in 2015, a research paper was published in the NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine), which claimed that e-juices produce dangerous levels of formaldehyde. However, what they failed to mention was the fact that this little experiment/research involved using extremely high temperatures (above 800 F), and very powerful batteries, which a regular vape can never endure.
So, unless you enjoy burning-hot vapes, there will be no formaldehyde in your vapor.
Why are there so many myths around vaping, you may ask? Well, the number one reason is hiding behind the current popularity of vaping. This activity “boomed” and turned into a real trend, which raised numerous misunderstandings around it consequently. Also, because vaping is relatively new, it hasn’t been studied enough (yet), which also leads to myths and misinformation.
#3 Vaping Causes Popcorn Lung
Now, the history of Popcorn lung goes years back. It’s a respiratory disease found in the employees of the popcorn factories, hence the name. The disease is caused by Diacetyl, a food flavoring that gives popcorn that sweet, buttery scent.
Here’s the deal, though:
It hasn’t been scientifically proven that vaping on Diacetyl-containing e-juices causes this respiratory condition.
And if this fact doesn’t seem enough to your opponent, know this: after this whole “popcorn lung” myth appeared, the majority of e-liquid manufacturers simply stopped using Diacetyl in their products. To avoid all the drama, I guess.
#4 Vaping Can Cause Cancer
Nicotine e-liquids always make people think of cancer and a hundred other diseases.
But here’s the thing:
While nicotine truly is an addictive substance, it does not cause cancer. What people confuse it with is tobacco, which releases thousands of carcinogens when burning.
Nicotine isn’t harmless, of course. It might cause the growth of the existing cancer cells. But! It does not make them appear in the first place. I guess people link nicotine to cancer simply because it’s able to develop a dependence. And when there’s an addiction, some nasty diseases should pop up too, according to everyone’s logic.
#5 Vaping Is Addictive
Vaping itself is not addictive. I mean, if you enjoy the process, it doesn’t mean you’re addicted to it.
The only addictive component of vaping is, of course, nicotine, which is known to develop a strong dependence.
Here’s the thing, though:
Not all e-juices contain nicotine!
In fact, there are tons of manufacturers that sell zero-nicotine e-liquids, which, obviously, do not cause addiction.
#6 Electronic Cigarettes Are Dangerous Explosives
Your e-cig is as much of an explosive as your cell phone or tablet. Yes, vape boxes and e-cigs sometimes have battery issues, which might cause them to malfunction and explode. But! This only happens when you: a) mess with the device and perform unsafe modifications, and b) use batteries that are not suited for your device (or are defective).
So, while the myth about exploding e-cigs still exists, here’s the reality:
Vaping devices can explode only in the cases of extremely irresponsible use.
#7 Vaping Is More Expensive Than Regular Cigarette Smoking
When you look at the numbers, this myth might seem true. I mean, it’s cheaper to buy one pack of cigarettes than a vaping device and a bottle of e-juice.
However, in the long run, things turn out to be completely different. You see, smokers spend around $2,500 a year on regular cigarettes (depending on how much they smoke, of course). At the same time, using a refillable vaping device costs about $600 a year. You can see the difference, right? This means vaping is around 30-40% cheaper than smoking.
#8 Vaping Does Not Help People Quit Smoking
Actually, it’s the opposite:
Vaping allows you to control your nicotine intake.
That’s why, when vaping, you can gradually decrease the amount of nicotine that you consume. Of course, quitting smoking will depend on each user. But overall, many people switch to vaping because it’s more enjoyable and because it helps them control the nicotine consumption.
Many people also believe that vaping is suitable for experienced users only (or former smokers). However, there are many nicotine-free e-juices and simple devices, which can be used by pretty much anyone, even someone with zero vaping or smoking experience.
#9 Electronic Cigarettes Are as Harmful as the Regular Ones
No, no, and one more time, no. Vaping is safer than smoking for so many reasons, but the most important one is the fact that when vaping, there’s no combustion. You see, when a regular cigarette burns, it emits an overwhelming amount of carcinogens. Which makes cigarettes 95% more harmful than e-cigs.
#10 Vaping Is Dangerous Because the FDA Does Not Regulate It
This myth was actually true a few years ago when vaping was a brand new phenomenon. Now, the situation has changed. The FDA does regulate vaping and many of its aspects, including the manufacturing process, packaging, import, labeling, promotion, marketing and advertising, sales and distributions, and even monitors the components of e-liquids.
#11 Vaping Causes Teens to Smoke Regular Cigarettes
Actually, with the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, the number of teenage smokers has noticeably decreased.
It gets better:
Right now, we are close to the lowest smoking levels in the past decades. So, it is obvious that vaping does not make teenagers smoke. On the contrary, it’s a great way to quit smoking once and for all.
#12 Teenagers Vape to Get High
Not true. I mean, it’s possible to get high if you are vaping on marijuana. But we all know that teens can do that without buying pricey vaping devices.
As for regular e-juices, the feeling people oftentimes confuse with being high is the nicotine buzz. This happens when vaping on a nicotine-containing e-liquid and taking too many sharp puffs. Your body is overloaded with nicotine, which results in that “high” feeling: the state of relaxation, head spinning, and so on. However, a nicotine buzz has nothing to do with getting high, so don’t hesitate to educate people about it the next time someone says “Teenagers vape to get high!”
#13 Second-Hand Vapor Is Dangerous
To be honest, I am not surprised that this myth exists. After all, we all know how harmful second-hand smoke is. Because the carcinogens appear when a regular cigarette is burning, its smoke is dangerous for both the smoker and the people around him or her.
However, when it comes to second-hand vaping, the situation is a bit different. While the vapor has some traces of nicotine (if the e-juice has nicotine in it), there are no toxicants or carcinogens since there’s no combustion. And the amount of nicotine in the vapor is 10 times lower than in regular cigarette smoke. So, it’s obvious that second-hand vapor isn’t really dangerous.
#14 Vaping Is Used by the Tobacco Companies to Keep People Smoking
Yes, many people who know nothing about vaping consider it to be a “Trojan horse” used by the tobacco industry to keep people hooked on their product.
However, the numbers are telling a different story. More and more people these days ditch regular cigarettes and turn to vaping. This means tobacco companies are losing in this game, and no Trojan horse can help them.
Some people assume that vaping is only about cloud chasing. However, the reality is a bit different: statistically, the majority of people vape to get the substitute for the regular cigarettes
#15 E-Juices Can Stain Your Teeth
This myth is linked to darker-colored e-liquids (brown coffee-flavored vape juices, for example). The truth is, there’s no evidence that dark e-juice can stain your teeth. In fact, your morning cup of coffee is more likely to make your teeth look yellowish than vaping. Or tea, for that matter. Or the ash from the regular cigarettes.