Vaping is a fairly new social phenomenon so it is only expected that myths and misconceptions abound with regard to its use, health implications, effects, and its legality. Unfortunately, many of these come from misinformed sources, and they can really warp people’s perceptions of vaping. In an effort to clear the air, we rundown some of the most common myths about vaping and what the real score is.
1) Vapor products aren’t regulated by the FDA
Vape products have actually been regulated by the FDA since May 2015. It was then that the FDA placed vape products in the same category as tobacco products. As part of the regulations, vapes and e-cigarettes will actually be subject to increasingly strict restrictions over the next few years. If this concerns you therefore, you should definitely make a stand and urge your government representatives to take action now to prevent restrictive measures in the future.
2) Vaping produces secondhand smoke just like cigarettes
This is one of the most common misconceptions about vaping. The good news for you and the people around you that you care about is that it is absolutely false. Because vaping does not involve any combustion process whatsoever, absolutely no secondhand vapor is produced. What is produced instead is water vapor, which is nowhere near as harmful or unpleasant smelling as cigarette smoke.
3)Vaping is environment-friendly
This one is actually true. When you compare vaping with tobacco use, it is pretty easy to see which comes out ahead from an environmental standpoint. There are no cigarette butts to litter the ground and remain there for hundreds of years, there is no risk of setting fire to anything, and as mentioned already, no secondhand smoke produced. As far as environmental impact goes, vaping is about as safe and harmless as it could get.
4) Vapor contains nicotine
This is true as well. In fact the nicotine content is the main reason why vaping and e-cigarettes have been marketed as alternatives to tobacco products. This means that there is a risk of becoming a habitual vape user, just as you could become a habitual cigarette smoker after a long enough period of time.
That being said, nicotine consumption is generally a lot easier to control when you vape, as opposed to when you smoke cigarettes. This is because concentrates come with different percentages of nicotine, so you can taper off if you wish. There are even zero nicotine variants available, so you can even wean yourself off nicotine entirely over time, even as you continue to vape.
5) Vaping is just like smoking cigarettes
From a health standpoint, this is probably the most damaging misconception with regard to vaping. The fact is that vaping is nowhere near as damaging to health as smoking tobacco. Cigarettes, cigars, and tobacco pipes work by burning plant material, which produces literally thousands of harmful substances and compounds, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, tar, and even minute amounts of cyanide. All these substances have been known to cause serious health issues, and even cancer.