E-Cigarettes: Truth or Tale

Often misleading and downright foolish, myths have the capability to go from simple word-of-mouth to published phenomena. The world of electronic cigarettes is chock-full of them, and however bogus or newsworthy, addressing such fictitious hearsay with common sense is always best when proving fact from fiction. That said, here are a few tall tales of mod-ified vapor mythology and the truths which counter them.

Tale – E-cigarettes may be more addictive than tobacco cigarettes.

Truth – Since the FDA states nicotine levels contained within e-liquid differs from the amounts advertised, it was assumed users were inhaling more nicotine than what is contained in tobacco, thus becoming more addicted. However, independent studies concluded that nicotine dispensed when vaping is not as concentrated compared smoking regular cigarettes. Conclusion: Less nicotine equals less dependence, simple as that.

Tale – If e-cigarettes were banned, tobacco smokers who switched to vaping would seek the help of smoking aids such as gum/patches, or quit altogether.

Truth – For those who go “cold turkey,” you are the success story many hope to be. As for the rest of us, smoking aids such as nicotine replacement therapy was THE option, before e-cigarettes. Yes, NRTs have been successful, but the success rate has been historically minimal at best and the rate in which people use them to curb their nicotine dependency is even worse. In a recent poll of roughly 1,000 participants who were asked if they would consider NRTs or quit cold turkey, less than 20% said yes. No bueno.

Tale – Antifreeze is among the chemical components found in E-cigarettes.

Truth – Nice try! Yes the FDA claims e-liquid contains diethylene glycol, however results from independent lab tests found no trace of the toxic chemical used in antifreeze. Propylene glycol, on the other hand, is an ingredient deemed safe for humans to consume by the FDA, and is found in both e-cig juice and antifreeze, as well as some common food items such as salad dressing. Antifreeze contains propylene glycol in the event it is swallowed to make it less harmful.

Tale – Like cigarette smoke, secondhand vapor poses risks to bystanders.

Truth – Nonsense. E-cigarettes contain a minute fraction of the toxins widely known to be found in cigarettes. Also, the carcinogens inhaled when smoking cigarettes are virtually nonexistent in e-cigs, not to mention the “side-stream” of smoke from a lit cigarette which anyone can breath in. And as stated previously, the amount of nicotine absorbed when vaping is far less potent than that of smoking, rendering this tale false. E-cig vapor has been proven to dissipate in seconds upon exhalation as well, leaving virtually no trace.

Tale – Adolescents and teenagers are susceptible to electronic cigarettes.

Truth – Realistically, anyone’s “susceptible.” Yet where underage sales are concerned, and trust that’s a BIG concern, most electronic cigarette vendors, both physical and online, have implemented very stringent policies. Nothing’s foolproof, and teenagers are a notoriously curious lot, however the industry is extremely careful in marketing efforts, and aiming to keep minors away from the products.

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