Yarns, fables, fantasies, legends, myths…whatever you call them, whether around the campfire or propped up against the bar of your local pub, for centuries stories have been told, emboldened, and inflated from one teller to the next – it’s kind of a thing that we humans do from time to time. Cornerstones of aimless conversation, tales can tend to lack the kind of substance and truth that can, instead of providing fruitful fodder for debate, can, in fact, put someone off making a potentially life-changing decision.
Due to the nature of e cigarettes and vaping (“nicotine, electricity and vapour oh my”), there are unfortunately some folk that exist staunchly set on giving vaping a bad name via the stuff of legend which may account for the reason that 44% of UK smokers believe that vaping is as bad for you as smoking. From the outlandish to the ludicrous, let’s take a look at how to make sense of vaping myths and how to stay smoke free.
Popular Vaping Myths
Whether its e cigarettes spontaneously bursting into flames or contracting the unpleasant-sounding popcorn lung, there is, unfortunately, a multitude of curious conjectures on e cigs that cause an awful lot of misunderstanding among the many. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular myths;
- Vaping Is Bad For You: Not true – Public Health England declared vaping to be 95% less harmful than smoking and that actually e cigarettes have the potential to help tobacco smokers become smoke free.
- Nicotine Is Bad For You: Because nicotine has traditionally been associated with cigarettes, people can tend to think that that’s what is harmful as opposed to the thousands of the carcinogenic chemicals, carbon monoxide and black sticky tar released from the burning of tobacco. While nicotine is highly addictive, the quantities it would take to suffer serious harm would be extraordinary. With e-juice typically available in varying nicotine strengths from 0% – 2%, the most you’re going to feel is a little queasy – if this is the case, simply go down a level in nicotine strength and drink lots of water.
- Popcorn Lung: A real disease discovered following factory workers complaining of respiratory problems while packing popcorn containing the food additive diacetyl. While low levels of diacetyl were found in some e-liquids in the past, you can set your mind at ease, for here in the UK the substance is banned under the Tobacco Products Directive.
E Cigarette Education
Navigating the noise that surrounds e cigarettes can be a fairly straightforward task to undertake. In an age where information has never been more readily available, at a touch of our fingertips we can access a wealth of knowledge. But how do we know what’s fact and what’s fiction? If the story you hear sounds wild and fantastical, the likelihood it is. Trust reputable sources such as Public Health England and do some thorough research for yourself.
Vaping is 95% Less Harmful than Smoking
As we mentioned, one of the most important pieces of information to consider when it comes to whether or not you’ll continue to smoke or pursue the potentially life-changing way of vaping, comes from the knowledgeable folk at Public Health England who said in 2015 that e cigarettes are up to 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco and that vaping has the potential to help smokers quit.
While incorrect conversations may continue around you, the only way to stem the flow of false information is to be a beacon of knowledge and to have the conviction to let smokers know that vaping is a safer alternative to tobacco products. Spread the good word.