Vaping Myths Debunked!
Vaping like anything new has received some negative press however there has been more independent research into vaping than any other public health issue in the last decade. There is growing consensus around the evidence from all these tests that while not without some risk, “when compared to smoking, e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful”. *Public Health England.
This view is supported by a number of key bodies, including Cancer Research UK, Action on Smoking and Health, the Royal College of Physicians, the British Medical Association and recently, a major US science body, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
MYTH 1 – E-cigarettes give you ‘popcorn lung’
One of the most commonly held concerns is that e-cigarettes might cause ‘popcorn lung’. This myth surfaced after some popcorn factory workers fell ill with a serious lung condition called Bronchiolitis Obliterans. The cause was the poor handling of the powdered variant of a flavouring additive called Diacetyl. This chemical was present in some eliquids but in levels much lower than traditional cigarettes. There has been no reported cases of ‘popcorn lung’ in smokers, or ecig users. Furthermore, as a precautionary measure Diacetyl is now banned in all eliquid sold in the UK.
MYTH 2 – E-cigarettes aren’t regulated and we don’t know what’s in them.
E-cigarettes and e-liquid sold in the UK are governed by the The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016
This outlines minimum safety and quality requirements and defines how products can look and are advertised.
Enforced by UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) full ingredient lists and revisions can be found here.
MYTH 3 – E-cigarettes must be harmful as they contain nicotine.
Nicotine, although addictive, carries minimal risk of harm to health. In the same risk category as caffeine, it’s the absence of carbon monoxide and tar as well as thousands of chemicals contained in cigarette smoke that makes E-cigarettes the less harmful option.
MYTH 4 – Exposure to E-cigarette vapour is harmful to bystanders.
PHE’s latest evidence review found that to date, there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders.
E-cigarette liquid contains only nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, and flavourings. Nothing else. Many of these ingredients have already been present in every day items for decades. Proylene Glycol is the carrier used in asthma inhalers and glycerin in the base of almost all cough medicines!
MYTH 5 – E-cigarettes will lead young people into smoking.
Smoking rates among young people in the UK continue to decline.
There is no evidence to support the myth that E-cigarettes are a Gateway to smoking for young people.
MYTH 6 – E-cigarettes are being used as a Trojan horse – so the tobacco industry can keep people smoking
Of the 2.9 million adult e-cigarette users in the UK, more than half have completely stopped smoking. A further 770,000 have given up both smoking and vaping. At the same time, quit success rates have been improving and we’re seeing an accelerated drop in smoking rates, currently at a record low of 15.5% in England. The tobacco companies, while actively buying into vaping companies, are still a minority in this wholly independent lead industry.
Vaping, 95% less harmful than smoking. Higher success rates than all other forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Cheaper and not as bad as the newspapers make out. Pop into your local vape shop and see if its the right solution for you.