Even though vaping is getting more popular and the industry is somewhat booming at the moment, there are still a lot of misconceptions around the act of vaping and the hazards that come with it. These misconceptions usually start out as rumors that end up snowballing and causing false information about the market to be spread around.
Certain myths aren’t all that challenged by the general public. So, in turn, the vaping industry gets a harsher name than it deserves. To put some of that gossip to rest, here are a few facts and myths to know about vaping.
Fact: Nicotine is Not a Carcinogen
Many members of the public, whether they smoke or not, hold the belief that nicotine is one of the main causes of cancer, which is simply not the case.
It’s true that nicotine is a highly addictive substance, but it’s not a known carcinogen and doesn’t actually heighten the risk of lung cancer. The addictive substance might make you smoke more, which will then expose you to more harmful smoke, but the nicotine isn’t what actually causes cancer.
The chemicals and carcinogens found in tobacco smoke, however, are the things you need to be worried about. This mainly concerns those who smoke traditionally, as vapor from e-cigarettes has been found to have the same amount of toxins as ambient air.
Myth: Vaping is A Gateway to Tobacco Use
This isn’t something that can be easily debunked, but it’s not something that can at all be proved either.
There’s no evidence to suggest that using vape products heightens the likelihood of somebody going on to use tobacco, and so this claim shouldn’t be made.
Sure, some people may go onto smoke traditionally, but this is more so down to them rather than the fault of any vape pen.
A lot of people like to believe that vaping is an easy way to get teenagers into the act of smoking, but there have actually been figures that prove the opposite.
While there was a spike in vape use throughout the younger generations, there was a decrease in the number of cigarettes being smoked.
Fact: Vape Devices Can Explode
This is true, but it’s down to the treatment of the device and whether you probably take care of your belongings.
E-cigarettes contain batteries which can become damaged if they’re exposed to immense heat or pressure, such as being left to charge in a hot car in the peak of summer.
In severe cases, this can result in the batteries either short-circuiting or exploding.
Sometimes devices will explode through no fault of the user. But this is highly unlikely and is usually only the case with faulty devices that haven’t been tested.
When buying any vaping device, ensure that you’re purchasing from a trusted manufacturer and brand.
Myth: E-Liquids Contain Anti-Freeze
This is one of those rumors that spiraled out of control because of a simple misinterpretation of information.
No, your e-liquid does not contain anti-freeze, and there have been no instances of such being the case.
This myth originated because antifreeze contains propylene glycol (PG) which is one of the main base ingredients used in nearly all e-juice mixes. Somehow the lines got mixed up, and this led people to believe that anti-freeze was actually being used in e-liquid.
If you want to get even more specific, PG is actually added to anti-freeze to reduce the harmful effects in case the substance is actually swallowed. But, no, this is completely false – but the statement is one that’s often used as a way to shame the evolvement of the industry.
There are always going to be myths regarding vaping and vape liquid, and there are always going to be new rumors cropping up that new studies have to debunk. However, even if we can’t avoid them all, we can start by clearing up some facts regarding what’s true and what’s not.