Electronic cigarettes have been the target of a great deal of debates over the past several years, yet many claims brought against these devices are far from factual. Here are 8 of the most common myths about electronic cigarettes.
Myth 1. Electronic Cigarettes are a gateway product.
According to critics, young people and nonsmokers are more likely to purchase an electronic cigarette because of a wide variety of available flavors. However, studies do not support this myth. Evidence shows that young adults and teenagers are far more influenced by the events in their lives, friends, and family members than so-called “attractive e-liquid flavors.”Therefore, e-cigarettes are certainly not a gateway product for tobacco cigarettes.
Myth 2. Electronic Cigarettes are more addictive than traditional cigarettes.
This is clearly false. Two independent tests revealed that e-cigs actually deliver lower amounts of nicotine-the addictive ingredient in cigarettes-then traditional cigarettes, making them less addictive. The evidence simply does not support the myth that e-cigs cause addiction.
Myth 3. There is no difference between e-cigs and tobacco cigarettes in toxins and carcinogens.
When the FDA found trace amounts of carcinogens in e-cig cartridges, the media ran with the story without looking at the facts. The definition of “trace amounts” actually refers to amounts too small to measure scientifically. However, an independent study showed that electronic cigarettes actually contain about 1,200 times fewer carcinogens then tobacco cigarettes.
Myth 4. E-Cigs Have Anti-Freeze ingredients.
Nothing could be further from the truth than this statement. The ingredient in anti-freeze that was found within e-cigs by the FDA is called diethylene glycol. This ingredient is intended to make anti-freeze less harmful when swallowed. Additional, the FDA’s study tested only 18 cartridges from 2 companies and only one of those contained the ingredient. This points to a single contamination, rather than evidence that all e-cigs contain anti-freeze.
Myth 5. Certain flavors are meant to attract teenagers.
There are several reasons why this is false. E-cigs are intended to be a way for smokers to smoke without inhaling toxins. Advertisers use certain flavors to make the process more enjoyable for their target customers who are adults aged 30-50. Interestingly, consumers claim that the sweeter the flavors are, the less agreeable they taste and therefore encourage them to not vape as often.
Myth 6. E-cigs are dangerous for children.
Amongst the reasons this statement is untrue is the fact that these products are extremely expensive compared to traditional tobacco cigarettes. Additionally, it is harder to purchase e-cigs and their cartridges than it is to buy or have someone else buy, tobacco cigarettes. Current regulations prevent e-cigs being sold to children which is why we should not make them illegal because kids will then be able to get it easier.
Myth 7. Second-hand vape is deadly.
Unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigs contain far less carcinogens and very little nicotine which are known to present health risks for others. Therefore, second-hand-vape is certainly not deadly for passersby or bystanders.
Myth 8. Smokers would quit sooner if e-cigs didn’t exist.
This is completely false. Polls show that smokers would be more likely to continue smoking and/or switch to chewing tobacco if it weren’t for e-cigs. The idea that people would quit smoking altogether if they didn’t have e-cigs is simply false.