5 Anti-Vape Myths Debunked
Vaping is on the rise, becoming more popular across the US (and the rest of the world). While vaping increases, so do the anti-vape myths put about by opponents. Anti-vape arguments that aren’t based on fact can be harmful to the industry and here we debunk some of the most popular ones.
E-liquids Contain Harmful Chemicals
There’s often a lot of confusion about what is contained in e-liquids and whether the ingredients are harmful. The mixed messages mean that anti-vapers often state that harmful chemicals are present in vaping products. The truth is that the majority of e-liquids contain very few chemicals.
The sector in the US now faces much tougher regulations, including submitting products to be tested for their ingredients. Manufacturers were given two years to submit their products, beginning this year, once this has been completed it will be far easier to show anti-vapers exactly what e-liquids contain.
Vaping Causes You To Inhale Formaldehyde
In one fell swoop, a single study both started this argument and settled in. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, a substance that can cause cancer. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vaping devices can give off formaldehyde when used at a high voltage, leading to media outlets picking up the research and claiming that e-cigs cause cancer and are as harmful as tobacco.
However, one of the team’s scientists pointed out that the study didn’t detect any formaldehyde when e-cigs were used at the low voltage, which many vapers tend to use as it creates a better taste. He added that he believes the research had been mischaracterized and that it didn’t support claims that e-cigarettes are more dangerous than cigarettes.
It’s a Gateway To Cigarettes For Teens
A major concern is that children and teens may begin vaping and move on to smoking cigarettes. The combination of a variety of flavours and using a ‘cool’ gadget mean that some people are worried about encouraging younger generations to vape nicotine and then turn to tobacco products.
However, a University of Michigan study indicated that, if kids use e-cigs at all, they just use them for the weird and wonderful flavors available. Two-thirds of young vapers said they didn’t use e-liquids with nicotine content, instead opting for fruity flavors like strawberry and bubble gum, suggesting that they’re unlikely to swap to tobacco. The same UK study that concluded vaping is less harmful than cigarettes, also noted that there was no evidence of e-cigarettes acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers. It’s also worth noting that there is a ban on selling all vaping products to minors in the US.
E-cigs Don’t Help People Give Up Nicotine
According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 Americans die every year due to smoking, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the country. The scale of the problem means that any device that helps people to kick the habit is vital but a common anti-vaping arguments is that e-cigarettes don’t help people to give up smoking or nicotine.
A recent review that spanned more than 130 countries concluded that electronic cigarettes can help some smokers quit, with few side effects. While some e-liquids do contain nicotine not all of them do, giving smokers the ability to control their intake and cut down gradually if they wish.
Vaping Products Aren’t Regulated
While this was the case initially, vaping products are now regulated in the US and many other parts of the world. The argument against vaping in regards to regulation centered on being unsure about what was in the products, whether e-cigarettes were safe to use and both manufacturers and retailers not being held too accountable standards. However, this argument become invalid this year.
The regulations imposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now mean that manufacturers must submit their products for approval. The process involves the FDA checking things like ingredients, safety of devices and emissions. Many within the industry already had their own stringent measures in place but the extra scrutiny puts this anti-vape argument to bed.
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