Let’s debunk some vaping myths
Before we leave you, we felt it was important to debunk some of the seemingly perpetual vaping myths. These are long standing claims that are wheeled out by the media when they are having a ‘slow news’ day.
E-cigarettes are as Harmful as Smoking
There are many studies disproving this negative claim.
In the first long term health study of a group of vapers that had never smoked, conducted over a period of three and a half years, Professor Riccardo Polosa of the University of Catania and his research group concluded in 2017 that rather than just being far safer than smoking, long-term vapers who had never smoked were identical in respiratory health to those who neither smoked nor vaped.
Need a little more evidence that vaping is less harmful than smoking? Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians state that e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful than tobacco and in 2017 electronic cigarettes were recommended during the UK government’s ‘Stoptober’ campaign as a legitimate quitting aid.
Second Hand Vapour is Harmful
While we all know that second hand smoking is harmful, this is often incorrectly applied to vaping as well. Surprisingly Lorillard Tobacco Company published a study to reveal that passive vaping isn’t harmful. The 2014 study compared the levels of carcinogens in second hand vape to second hand smoke. It concluded that second hand vapour contains the same level of carcinogens as the ambient air that everyone breathes.
E-liquid Gives You ‘Popcorn Lung Disease’
This is a really popular myth, and through sensationalist media coverage seems to have become ingrained in the minds of many. It has absolutely no foundation in truth, as Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Lead at Public Health England elucidates:
“One of the most commonly held safety concerns is that e-cigarettes might cause ‘popcorn lung’. UK vapers have nothing to fear on that count. The concern came about because some flavourings used in e-liquids contain a chemical called diacetyl, and that a high level of exposure has been associated with ‘popcorn lung’. However, diacetyl is banned from e-cigarettes and e-liquid in the UK. It had been detected in some flavourings in the past, but at hundreds of times lower levels than observed in cigarette smoke. Given that even at these levels, smoking is not a major risk factor for this rare disease, the diacetyl content in flavourings would have been unlikely to pose much risk.”
Our e-liquids don’t contain diacetyl, as we can achieve great flavour without this as an additive.
Vaping is More Addictive Than Smoking
There is evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes are far less addictive that regular cigarettes. One study by Jean-François Etter in 2015 suggests e-cigarettes are similarly or less addictive than nicotine gum, both being far less addictive than traditional cigarettes.