Vapes are ubiquitous and the e-cigarette popularity cannot be denied. As e-cigarettes have grown to be a viable alternative to smoking, the media and internet has begun to vilify vaping and at times, spread misinformation about the tobacco alternative. For those considering making the transition from cigarettes to vapes, it’s important to consider factual evidence instead of forming an opinion based on a media frenzy.

Vape 312 has researched the top five common misconceptions about e-cigarettes and debunked them. Check out the myths below.

Myth #1: Vaping Will Give You “Popcorn Lung”

Fact: Arguably the most common myth surrounding e-cigarettes is that it causes “popcorn lung.” Popcorn lung refers to a condition where the lungs become damaged and cause coughing and shortness of breath. The condition is believed to derive from inhaling the vaping’s chemical flavoring at large quantities. However, the specific chemical that produces the “butter flavor” known as diacetyl, has been banned from the ingredients included in making vapes. Even though the chemical had previously been detected in e-cigarette flavorings, the diacetyl levels were significantly lower than found in cigarette smoke.

Myth #2: E-Cigarettes Are Not Regulated

Fact: The belief that vapes are not regulated whatsoever and therefore, the contents are unknown, is dangerously inaccurate. E-cigarettes are subjected to thorough analysis to determine whether the vape meets safety standards and if it can be available for public purchase. Meticulous regulations are also applied to ensure proper labeling and cautionary warnings are done to the packaging to allow all consumers to be informed of the necessary information. In Canada, e-cigarette products are tested by the FDA and authorized for approval by Health Canada before being sold or advertised. 

Myth #3: Vapes Are Dangerous Because They Contain Nicotine

Fact: Nicotine gets an extremely negative representation due to it being the primary reason people become addicted to smoking. However, nicotine itself actually carries a very low risk of danger to the health of a person. E-cigarettes do not contain tar or carbon monoxide, which are the two chemicals found in cigarettes that are extremely detrimental to one’s well-being. 

Myth #4: E-Cigarettes Do Not Help You Quit Smoking

Fact: A UK study researched 900 participants from a Local Stop Smoking Services and found that 18% had completely quit smoking and 10% had quit using a nicotine replacement program. Both groups were provided with behavioural support and it is important to note the effectiveness in how the vaping group had reduced signs of coughing and phlegm buildup than their counterparts.

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