Vaping myths have been all over the media recently as it has become the most commonly used nicotine alternative. In this blog, we take a look at six vaping myths and debunk them by stating the facts.
1. Vaping Nicotine is Just as Harmful as Smoking
Although nicotine is addictive, research proves that it poses minimal risk of harm to health. The dangerous part about smoking cigarettes is mainly the thousands of chemicals embedded in combustible tobacco.
No combustion occurs in a vape device and it does not contain additives such as tar and carbon monoxide. This does not mean we are saying that vaping is entirely risk-free, however the Public Health of England (PHE) states that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
2. Second-Hand Vapour is Harmful
The harmful effects of cigarettes are witnessed with second-hand smoking as it is more prominent in enclosed spaces. We have seen the dangers of cigarettes, especially when permitted indoors and the increase of non-smokers diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This has led the government to prohibit indoor smoking in public places such as bars, clubs and places of work.
The question of whether second-hand vapour would impose the same harmful effects came about when non-smokers had concerns about the vapour being more visible. The PHE reviewed their evidence in 2018 and stated there had been ‘no identified health risks caused by passive vaping’. However, everyone’s urged to follow rules set by establishments which prohibit vaping and smoking.
3. Vaping Doesn’t Help People Quit Smoking
Vaping is a smoking cessation tool similar to nicotine patches, gums, toothpicks and lozenges. Its expected for vaping to be met with scepticism about whether it can help them cut down or quit smoking, as it is still a relatively new concept.
An accumulation of evidence reveals that vaping is one of the most effective alternatives. A trial done by the NIHR in 2019 found vaping was twice as effective at helping participants quit smoking when compared to traditional nicotine alternatives.
4. Vaping Leads to Smoking
The introduction of vaping as a smoking cessation tool, it is natural for it to be met with scepticism. However, despite its proven success as a smoking cessation tool, a minority of young people that get into vaping first can switch to smoking out of curiosity.
How Does This Debunk the Vaping Myths Around This?
The PHE’s evidence review in 2018 found that only a few young people who were never smokers went into vaping. The PHE have concluded that vaping does not seem to affect the long-term decline in smoking amongst young people in the UK. Researchers also found that the most common reason people get into vaping was to quit smoking.
The PHE also conducted an evidence review in 2021, this review revealed that the rate of vaping and smoking among young people in England appear to have stayed the same throughout the recent years. The result urges the vaping industry to closely monitor this by preventing underage access to these products and not attempt to market our products to non-smokers.
5. Vaping Products Are Not Regulated or Tested
When vaping was first introduced, there were a few restrictions in place. However, the climate around vaping has drastically changed. Today, the regulation and monitoring of vaping products happens in all major markets with the introduction of the Tobacco Products Directive in the EU as well as the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations in the UK.
Local governments have the option of implementing additional restrictions. The TRPR requires all vape manufacturers to notify and test their products with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
6. Vaping Gives You Popcorn Lung
One of the most longstanding vaping myths! In the early days of vaping, old e-liquids contained a chemical compound called diacetyl which was commonly found in custard flavours. The use of diacetyl was to give the e-liquid a buttery texture.
This chemical compound associates with a serious lung disease, Bronchiolitis Obliterans, commonly seen in popcorn factory workers. Even if the concentration was minimal in these e-liquids, it still posed a slight risk of ‘popcorn lung’ in vapers. This led the UK government to prohibit use of diacetyl in e-liquid. You would not see it used in the e-liquid manufactured today.