6 Vaping Myths and Facts
The subject of vaping as an alternative to smoking has been debated for years. Some people claim that vaping is potentially more harmful than smoking tobacco. Others say that the equipment used to vape is dangerous. Sometimes it is difficult to determine truth from fiction. Here are six vaping myths and the facts you may need to know.
Myth #1: The Nicotine in Vape Liquids Causes Cancer
Nicotine is an addictive element. It can raise your blood pressure and increase your heart rate, but nicotine itself does not cause cancer. The cancer risk attributed to nicotine is because of the association with smoking tobacco. The risk of cancer from smoking is caused by the inhalation of tar, added chemicals and other carcinogens produced when tobacco is burned.
Myth #2: Vaping is an Unregulated Industry
There was a time that vaping was not as regulated as it is today. Since 2009 there have been many changes to the regulation process. The FDA now regulates vape liquids as a tobacco product. Vaping equipment does not fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA unless claims are made that vaping provides therapeutic or health benefits.
Today’s e-liquid manufacturers are required to follow the same regulations as the manufacturers of tobacco products. It is unlawful to sell vape products to minors, and all vape liquids must be sold in child-proof containers to prevent the accidental ingestion of nicotine. New product manufacturers are required to submit an application to the FDA for consideration of their vape products.
Myth #3: Vaping Liquids Contain Antifreeze
The liquids used for vaping contain propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is not antifreeze. It is a synthetic form of glycerine commonly used in food processing, cosmetics, medications and toothpaste. Propylene glycol is deemed to be GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the Food and Drug Administration.
Propylene glycol is commonly found in antifreeze, but as an ingredient, like sugar is used in a cake recipe. It is added to antifreeze to make the product less harmful if the antifreeze is swallowed.
Myth #4: E-Cig Batteries are Dangerous
Most electronic vaping devises use lithium-ion batteries. So do cell phones, tablets and laptop computers. Electronic cigarette batteries are no more dangerous than your cell phone. It is essential to use the chargers recommended by the product manufacturer when charging your batteries. Many battery explosions have occurred because the device is not handled properly or when the wrong charger is used to recharge the battery. Several explosions have also occurred when owners have modified their devices to work beyond their intended specifications.
Myth #5: Vaping Leads to Smoking
Nicotine is addictive, so is caffeine. Some people suggest that people curious about vaping will eventually smoke cigarettes. This has not proven true. As the popularity of vaping increases, more people have tried the products, but there is no indication that vaping encourages smoking or compels a person to smoke cigarettes. In fact, cigarette smoking has continued to decline with the increasing popularity of personal vaporizers. If vaping encouraged smoking, the percentage of smokers would increase. Vaping is intended for smokers to have an alternative to tobacco, those who do not smoke should not start vaping.
Myth #6: Clouds of Vapor are Dangerous to Others
The vapor produced from a personal vaporizer contains far fewer chemicals and potential health risks than second-hand smoke. One recently published study suggests that there is formaldehyde in electronic cigarette vapor. This claim is disputed because the devices used in the study were not used in the same way a vaper would use them. In this case, the e-liquid was burned at a far higher wattage than vapers would find palatable.
These extremely high temperatures created a formaldehyde component, but even in extreme conditions, there was still far less formaldehyde than the amount contained in cigarette smoke. Currently, there are no long-term studies confirming any potential health risks of second-hand vapor. There are studies that show less risk with vapor than second-hand smoke.
The first round of electronic vaporizing devices made their debut around 2009. Since their arrival, there has been a lot of speculation about the safety of vaping, but the popularity continues to increase. It can be difficult to differentiate between vaping myth and vaping fact, but it is important to continue asking the questions.