Vaping has grown in popularity in the past few years, and more and more people are making the switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes. With this new popularity, however, comes many misconceptions. Some people intentionally share false information to discourage the use of e-cigarettes, while others are just confused about the facts. Here are five of the most common misconceptions about vaporizers:
Secondhand Vapor Is Dangerous
While most researchers suggest that the use of vaporizers be regulated, they do agree that the secondhand vapor is much less risky than tobacco cigarettes, and it may pose no threat at all. Unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes only create vapor when the user inhales, so very little vapor enters the air around the user. Electronic cigarettes also contain only a tiny fraction of the carcinogens in tobacco cigarettes, a small enough amount that it cannot harm bystanders.
Vaping Causes Cancer
Tobacco smoke has about 4,000 different harmful chemicals, while vaporizers contain only trace amounts of carcinogens and other harmful chemicals. This means that the chemicals exist at levels just high enough to be detected but not even high enough to be measured. The levels of chemicals in electronic cigarettes are too low to cause cancer in almost all circumstances.
Anti-Freeze Is Found in Electronic Cigarettes
In 2009, the FDA stated that they found diethylene glycol, a chemical in anti-freeze, in electronic cigarettes. However, in several follow-up studies, researchers have failed to find any traces of this chemical. Vaporizers do contain propylene glycol, another ingredient that is sometimes found in anti-freeze, which has caused more panic and confusion. However, propylene glycol is actually used to make anti-freeze less toxic and harmful.
Electronic Cigarettes Are More Addictive
In the past, traces of nicotine were found in cartridges that claimed to be nicotine-free, and other cartridges were found to contain higher amounts of nicotine than they advertised. This resulted in some people believing that users will become more addicted to nicotine because they don’t realize how much they’re inhaling. However, electronic cigarettes still have significantly less nicotine than tobacco cigarettes, so they cannot be more addictive. Users with a nicotine addiction will smoke or vape until the craving is gone, regardless of how much nicotine they believe they’re inhaling.
Vaping Is a Gateway to Tobacco
Many more people transition from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes than from e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are a popular option for people who are trying to reduce their tobacco intake. Many non-smokers enjoy using electronic cigarettes because they enjoy the flavors, especially the fruit and candy flavors, so they have no desire to switch to tobacco.