They’ve been around for over 10 years, but in many countries electronic cigarettes are still considered a new product and, as we know, whenever a new product hits the market there’s much skepticism and doubt about its quality – whatever it may be. Electronic cigarettes have been in the spotlight over the past few years, mainly due to their popularity amongst celebrities, although not all of the publicity has been good. Whether you’re thinking about making the switch from smoking to vaping or just want to know a little more about the latest trend to hit the streets, check out some of the most common myths about e-cigs and the actual truth behind them.
Vaping is the same as Smoking: BUSTED
To any vapers or reformed smokers out there, I’m sure you’ve had a little giggle about this myth. While the vapor produced mimics the look of smoke and the shape of electronic cigarette is designed to be similar to a regular cigarette, these are just about the only comparisons between the two. The main difference, and possibly the most notable and important, is that electronic cigarettes do NOT contain any cancer causing chemicals, unlike regular cigarettes.
Anyone can use Electronic Cigarettes, even Kids: BUSTED
There are an abundance of strict rules, regulations and laws that surround the sale, purchase and use of electronic cigarettes. While the exact laws can vary from state to state, they generally follow the same guidelines as smoking products, clearly prohibiting minors from purchasing or using electronic cigarettes.
Vaping is a Gateway to Smoking: BUSTED
Since the first electronic cigarette was released to the public, this has been one of the most common and most highly publicized myths. Due to the similarities between regular cigarettes and electronic cigarettes many concerned citizens voiced their opinion about how vaping (which is notably safer and healthier than regular cigarettes) would eventually lead to smoking, even being referred to as a “gateway drug to smoking”. These allegations led to a ban in New York City of electronic cigarettes, which was later removed, when studies proved that almost all vapers were once smokers and that the exact opposite of this myth was the truth – that the introduction of electronic cigarettes had actually decreased the amount of smokers in many areas around the world.
Second-hand Vapour is just as dangerous as Second-hand Smoke
It has been proven on numerous occasions that second-hand smoke can be toxic, and even deadly, to bystanders. This is one major factor that plays on the minds of many smokers who choose to light up around children or family members. Unlike regular cigarettes, electronic cigarettes produce vapor that does not contain the hundreds of deadly chemicals found in regular cigarette smoke. Unlike regular smoke, this vapour also dissipates in a matter of seconds, making it virtually undetectable.
No one really knows what’s in Electronic Cigarettes
While there are a number of electronic cigarette brands on the market, reputable companies will always provide a list of the components that are found in their e-cig cartridges. After doing a small amount of research, you may actually be surprised by how little ingredients are actually found in electronic cigarettes. BLACKHAWX, for instance, provide a detailed list of the ingredients in their cartridges on their website (www.blackhawx.com) which is made up of just propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, distilled water, flavouring and nicotine (if desired).
As with any new product, there are always going to be myths about the “bad things”, which you’ll find are most likely generated from a “he said, she said” kind of logic. While it’s up to you to make up your own mind about e-cigs, these five busted myths should give you something to think about, even if it’s just that you need to look into a new product rather than take on everything your friend, mum, coworker or dog says.