5 Vaping Myths – Debunked

Vaping myths contribute to the bad rap vaping gets from many sections of society – media outlets and strait-laced relatives, to name but two! Some of these qualms are derived from legitimate concerns, and many stem from misunderstanding, mild panic about or straight-up dislike of vaping. Stick around whilst we clear up some of those concerns with this short read on vaping myths.

Vape pen and e-juice

I’m worried about sketchy standards and regulations

Some would have it that the production and circulation of vape devices and e-cigs is something of a manufacturing wild west. As with most things, there are anomalies in the industry, and it isn’t our intention to cover the backs of disreputable vendors – far from it. 

Most vape shops in the UK are compliant with a host of governmental regulations and association best practices. 

Some of these regulations include

  • E-cig tanks can be no more than 2ml. 
  • Single refill bottles cannot exceed 10ml  
  • E-liquids cannot contain more than 20mg/ml of nicotine.
  • Be MHRA approved
  • Comply with British labelling requirements 

A full list of these regulations is available on the UK governments website. 

Isn’t vaping harmful?

For pure-hearted reasons, it is widely believed that e-cig vapour is harmful. This is usually because e-cigs are associated with smoking cigarettes. 

“Wet lung”

Wet lung refers to acute respiratory distress syndrome. It is the build of fluid in the lungs accompanied by shortness of breath and low blood oxygen levels. The basis of this happening is usually down to an allergic reaction to one of the four elements typically in e-liquid. 

Such an allergy can be to do with poor reactions to Propylene glycol. PG is widely used in products such as cake mix, soft drinks and, yes, products like paint. It is a safe, approved and regulated substance. 

Vapers who are allergic can still use an e-cig, so long as it contains only vegetable glycerin and not propylene glycol.    

“Popcorn lung”

Consuming diacetyl is completely safe; it is a flavour additive that gives food a creamy, buttery taste. Breathed in, however, it is harmful and causes what is informally known as “popcorn lung”. This occurs when diacetyl is consumed in large quantities.

One myth suggested that this substance was to blame for cases of popcorn lung in vapers. Some e-liquids were found to contain this flavouring agent, albeit in much lower concentrations than cigarettes. What is true is that, since 2016, diacetyl has been a banned ingredient in the manufacturing of e-liquids.

It’s healthy then, right?

Whilst it would be irresponsible to suggest vaping is a certified health benefit, it is a significantly much lower risk to you than smoking. A series of medical reports and public health organisations such as Public Health England has suggested that vaping is 95% less harmful to you than smoking.

Vaping devices are unstable and dangerous

E-cigs do contain powerful components. They are designed to heat a coil to a high temperature in a short space of time. They are, however, not inherently dangerous devices. They become dangerous when they are altered without due care and knowledge. 

Vape device modding involved making mechanical alterations to increase the vapour cloud. This sometimes involved removable batteries that, when coming into contact with other conductors, reacted explosively. This is a legitimate concern.

Luckily, this has since become less of a risk. Dodgy mods were mostly applied to vape devices in their early days. Sub-ohm devices are now manufactured to deliver what modded devices provided without the precarious safety. 

Looking after your vaping device, using trusted and reputable brands and familiarising yourself with the user manual will help you avoid making any of these dangerous errors.

Vaping is useless for stopping smoking

People who vape come in all forms. Many people who take up vaping do so in order to eventually stop smoking. In some quarters, it has been said that vaping doesn’t actually aid in this area. 

Advertising vaping as an assistant in helping you stop smoking is prohibited. However, with e-liquids that range from 0mg/ml to nicotine right up to 20mg/ml, you can reduce your nicotine intake safely and steadily. This might help you make the decision to stop smoking eventually. 

Using an e-cig with a decreasing amount of nicotine is said to be 83% more effective than other replacement methods in helping you curb the habit.

E-cig vapour is toxic

When a vaper draws from their e-cig, what is created is not smoke as you would expect it from a cigarette. An internal coil is heated up so that when the e-liquid contacts it, it evaporates and creates a vapour. This is what you see when somebody who is vaping exhales. 

Unlike cigarettes, this vapour contains no toxic ingredients as e-liquid is mostly comprised of just four ingredients – water, nicotine, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. This is vastly different to cigarettes which contain thousands of chemical compounds. Some of these are incredibly harmful to both the smoker and those in their immediate surroundings.

Vaping is a completely safe and well-regulated activity to engage in. Some of the concerns raised are borne out of legitimate concerns and reservations. Some are rooted in a little bit of misunderstanding. Hopefully, these five myth busters are enough to put your mind at ease and allow you to vape in peace.

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