Vaping Myths and the Facts!

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Myth 1: E-cigarettes are bad for you, so you might as well keep smoking

Reality: Wrong. While nicotine is addictive, research has cited its effects on the body to be marginal. As we’re sure you’re aware, the issue with tobacco cigarettes is the inclusion of all the additives, chemicals, and the smoke itself. The nicotine on the other hand, not so much.

Myth 2: E-cigarettes are soon to be illegal

Reality: While it may be prohibited in certain areas, such as bars and certain restaurants, there are certainly no plans to stop the use of e-cigarettes in the UK.

Myth 3: E-cigarettes are hazardous because no one knows exactly what’s in them

Reality: This is certainly not the case when you shop with reputable companies. If you stray away from legitimate e-cigarette brands and sellers, the people who will openly disclose ingredients to you, then you’re stepping into the unknown and putting yourself at risk.

Myth 4: Chemicals are in e-cigarettes

Reality: There are only typically only 4 ingredients in e-liquids, Flavourings, Nicotine, VG (Vegetable Glycerin) & PG (Propylene Glycol). It does depend on brand to brand but as a rule of thumb stick to reputable brands as there is a industry standard to bring quality products to our customers.

Myth 5: E-cigarettes can cause cancer

Reality: Simply unfounded. Recent studies are coming to the fore that are working to dispel this misconception. E-Cigs contain no tobacco, which means there will be no tar left behind. Therefore, the fundamental carcinogenic components aren’t there to create the problem that conventional tobacco cigarette smoke does.

Myth 6: E-cigarettes can explode in your face

Reality: Again, this goes back to buying proven, trusted brands from quality suppliers. Additionally, if you tinker with the e-liquid or replace the batteries with alternatives that aren’t specified for your model, then you’re risking harm. Use your e-cigarette as instructed to avoid any unnecessary danger.

Myth 7: Vaping Causes Popcorn Lung

Reality: One of the most held concerns is that e-cigarettes might cause ‘popcorn lung’. This came about because some flavourings used in e-liquids to provide a buttery flavour contain the chemical diacetyl, which at very high levels of exposure has been associated with the serious lung disease bronchiolitis obliterans.

However, diacetyl is banned as an ingredient from e-cigarettes and e-liquids in the UK. It had been detected in some e-liquid flavourings in the past, but at levels hundreds of times lower than in cigarette smoke. Even at these levels, smoking is not a major risk factor for this rare disease.


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