We are pretty sure this has happened to you a few times.
You are trying to quit the Big C with nicotine eliquid.
And vaping – by god – helps.
But you browse the internet or the 1000 vaping forums and someone has started a rumor that is traveling at the speed of light.
Vape juice has some of the same stuff as cockroach killing bug spray.
Or something along similar lines – it is never good!
Your heart sinks. You feel frustrated. Aren’t you going through the hell of cessation symptoms because you want to do your body a good turn?
Instead you are faced with the question again, “What should I do to quit cigarettes if vaping is this dangerous?”
We get you. And that’s why we have compiled a list of vaping myths that are just plain untrue.
Read on. Breathe a sigh of relief.
Nicotine eliquid is dangerous, and you don’t know what you’re putting into your body.
This tends to be one of the more common myths circulated by non-vapers and otherwise uneducated folk. There are only three to four ingredients that go into an eliquid, depending on what you vape: PG, VG, artificial food-grade flavoring and nicotine (which is optional). Each of those products (minus nicotine) are in many everyday products we use and consume.
There’s antifreeze in eliquid!
PG, which is an ingredient in eliquid, is used in antifreeze — that much is true — but that’s like saying you’re drinking water when you’re really drinking a beer. Is there water in beer? Yes, of course, but there’s a lot of other ingredients as well. The ironic part about this claim is that PG is used in antifreeze to make it less harmful if swallowed. Fun fact: Fireball whiskey, another product meant for adult consumption, contains propylene glycol (PG)
Ecigs encourage non-smokers to pick up the habit.
Vaping was introduced as a tool to help smokers quit. Ecigs are not, nor have they ever been, marketed toward non-smokers or minors — they are solely marketed to people looking to kick the analog habit. A study done by the CDC debunked this myth. According to the study, which was conducted in 2014, only three percent of the population who had never smoked tried vaping (keyword: tried). The link to the full study can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db217.htm#e-cigarettes.
You inhale formaldehyde when you vape eliquids.
This rumor caused quite a bit of trouble when it surfaced as a result of a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. But the real story is different. This particular research used machines to simulate the act of vaping. And there were two major issues. First the machines kept pulling even when the juice levels were low. Second, the machines vaped through devices that were set to generate very high temperatures. The result? The PG and VG bases of the eliquids cooked and underwent chemical reactions which produced formaldehyde.
The most solid argument against the danger of formaldehyde in vaping is the fact that formaldehyde is incredibly acrid and no vaper would want that raw burning sensation to persist. So they take care to avoid low juice levels in their devices.
In today’s world of social media, a mistruth can easily go viral and gain the status of “fact”. This is particularly harmful in the case of vaping and nicotine eliquids because they already have the hackles up of everybody from Big Tobacco companies to government factions and don’t need myths added to the mix.
Is vaping a perfect solution? No. In a perfect world people would be able to quit smoking cold turkey and never look back. But we do not live in a perfect world, and vaping – especially with nicotine eliquids- has proven itself as an effective, much needed crutch to get you past the danger zone of analog relapse.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us what “stories” have you heard about vaping?
How have these myths impacted the way you view ecigs and eliquids?
It is important to debunk as many of these as possible and help the community stick to vaping till the time they can kick the habit of puffs for good.