There are a lot of inaccuracies, myths, and misconceptions surrounding vapes and vaping. This article looks at these myths and busts them with the facts.
Myth 1: E-Cigarettes Are Not Regulated
The UK has strict rules and regulations for e-cigarettes.
Under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 Act, e-cigarettes must meet the highest quality and safety standards. This includes all packaging and labelling so that consumers can make informed choices. Although this only applies to nicotine-containing products, we ensure to follow the same due diligence expected in our 0mg products.
Further, all products must meet UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) standards to ensure all e-cigarettes are professionally regulated.
Myth 2: Vaping Causes Popcorn Lung
Some flavourings used in e-liquids contain diacetyl and other diketones to provide a buttery, creamy taste. At high levels of exposure, diacetyl has been associated with bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious lung disease.
However, diacetyl is banned as an ingredient in e-cigarettes and e-liquids in UK, and even when present, the concentration is present at levels hundreds of times lower than in cigarette smoke.
Hence, e-cigarettes cannot cause popcorn lung and there is a current lack of evidence to prove that it can.
Myth 3: E-Cigarettes Are Harmful Because They Contain Nicotine
4/10 smokers and ex-smokers think that nicotine causes tobacco smoking-related cancer.
This is wrong. Nicotine is simply the substance in cigarettes that makes the user addicted to smoking and has a minimal risk of harm to health. It is the hundreds of other chemicals in cigarettes that cause the most harm to health, and not nicotine.
Myth 4: Vaping is as Dangerous as Smoking
Vaping is not nearly as dangerous as smoking. Public Health England found that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
Cigarettes contain more than 7000 harmful chemicals and toxins, at least 250 of which are harmful and 69 which are cancer causing.
E-cigarettes, on the other hand, do not contain dangerous tobacco, tar, or carbon monoxide like cigarettes.
So, whilst e-cigarettes are not completely risk free, they are a fraction of the risk of smoking, and the dangers they pose are not as great.
Myth 5: Secondhand E-Cigarette Vapour is Harmful
Secondhand vapour from e-cigarettes is not as harmful as secondhand tobacco smoke from cigarettes.
The e-liquid that e-cigarettes use contains nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and flavourings, in contrast to tar and carbon monoxide which are the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.
There is a growing body of evidence showing that second hand vapour is harmless.
There is no side-stream vapour emitted by e-cigarettes, just exhaled aerosol, and to date, there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to the health of bystanders.
Myth 6: E-Cigarettes Encourage Young People into Smoking
The latest reports found no evidence that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking for young people. In fact, smoking rates in young people continues to decline.
Further, vaping is not normalising smoking. A recent study finds that the number of people who have never smoked and now vape is around 0.1%, demonstrating that the use of vaping devices is confined to those who already smoke, and not encouraging young people into smoking.
Myth 7: E-Cigarettes Can’t Help You To Quit Smoking
E-cigarettes are a very effective method to help smokers quit. Of the 3.2 million e-cigarette users in the UK, more than half have stopped smoking.
A further 770,000 have given up smoking and vaping and vaping has high quitting success rates for smokers.
A recent study found that an e-cigarette is twice as effective at helping smokers quit compared to other nicotine replacement treatments such as patches and gum. E-cigarettes are helping thousands to quit smoking.
To bust any other myths you may have heard, or for any more questions you have about vaping, get in touch with us today and we will be happy to help.