Dispelling the Myths of Vaping – and Clearing up With Facts
By Space Coast Daily // April 1, 2020
No matter what side of the topic one chooses to listen to, it doesn’t take long to find a myth or two when it comes to the topic of vaping and e-cigarettes.
These myths aren’t just plain wrong, they are also quite inhibiting.
To begin, it is important to mention that e-cigarettes came about mostly due to their ability to act as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes – though the effectiveness and performance of this function have been called into question.
Towards the aim of clarifying these controversies as much as possible, we’ll take a look at some of the most widely believed myths (and truths) regarding vaping e-liquids, and attempt to clear up as much as we can.
1. E-Cigarettes Acts as Gateway to Smoking
This is one of the myths mostly transmitted regarding e-cigarettes and e-liquids and has been proven over and over to be nothing but a myth.
The American Council for Science and Health (ACSH) has joined in dispelling this myth.
Yes, as in all things, few tried vaping and became smokers, but that number is thoroughly insignificant, to say the least. Not enough to consider it an infallible truth.
2. E-Cigarettes Don’t Help People Quit Smoking At All
This is just plain untrue. A significant amount of people believe that vaping doesn’t help people quit smoking at all, which is wrong – because it does, to an extent.
Perhaps the right stance on this would be that e-cigarettes do not guarantee to quit, as there were people found to later return to the habit in conducted studies. But there are also a significant amount of people found to successfully kick the habit thanks to the help of e liquid.
3. E-Cigarettes are Left Unregulated
Many still believe e-cigarettes are illegal drugs of some sort, left to run rampant due to nonchalance. This is completely not true.
E-cigarettes are not only very tightly regulated, day after day new measures and new regulations are still being made to ensure the product gets made in the safest way possible, and that it does not get into the wrong hands.
Various countries also each have their regulations and laws regarding vaping, which specifies standards such as packaging and labeling requirements, quality and quantity (concentration), and so on.
4. E-Cigarettes Are Safe
While the first three myths we considered fell on the side of people who, for some reason or another, are vehemently against vaping and e-cigarettes, this one falls to the other side – to the camp of strong vaping enthusiasts who go as far as to assert that vaping is a hundred percent safe.
This, again, is untrue. While it is probably much safer than opponents propose, and relatively much safer than smoking, it also comes with its fair share of risks – such as the ingestion of liquid nicotine, which is extremely toxic when swallowed.
As you can see, there is no shortage of myths on both sides of the e-cigarette spectrum. We have outlined a few of the above, and in the end, due research is important for all who wish to clarify their opinion even further.
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