According to a recent NHS statistic on smoking, over 1.6 million people have dropped the habit in six years and vaping has played an important role in this switch. While this statistic is promising for those in the vape industry, as well as those with knowledge about vaping, there are still plenty of incorrect vaping myths floating around the mainstream that would aim to discredit all the benefits of vaping. While vapers often understand these myths as pure fiction, it’s important to be able to relay this information in a way that the general public can understand.
Vaping is expensive
As almost any vaper can attest, this is simply not true. While the initial startup cost may be a bit high, depending on the device and setup you choose, the overall cost in relation to smoking is much lower. Consider the cost of a smoking habit, which in Canada can cost upwards of $200 a month, vaping is considerably lower as the cost of e-juice and coils is fairly inexpensive. While there are some outlier costs, such as purchasing a new mod or device, these are completely optional as a basic setup should last for a while and will continue to function for an extended period of time with proper maintenance.
Like anything in life, especially in things technology related, there will be connoisseurs that indulge in more advanced and expensive options, but this is hardly the norm in vaping. The majority of the products released carry a very affordable price tag and can be purchased for a reasonable price.
Vaping is worse than smoking
This is by far the most commonly spread myth in vaping, and while long-term evidence has yet to be revealed or studied, many vapers understand that vaping is less-harmful when compared to traditional combustion smoking. As plenty of research suggests, vaping nicotine carries minimal health risks, when compared to combustion, as well as carrying far less chemicals. E-juice also poses a lesser risk as the substance contains fewer chemicals and do not contain tar or carbon monoxide. Public Health England has even declared e-cigarettes to be around 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco.
Vaping will cause popcorn lung
The term “popcorn lung” has become a favorite buzz word among staunch anti-vapers and for good reason. The condition is quite detrimental and the word itself conjures terrifying images, whether they be real or not. However, this affliction isn’t as common in vaping as the media may try to suggest. We know that diacetyl causes popcorn lung, and as the name suggests was commonly developed by workers in popcorn factories. As the majority of vape companies understand that diacetyl causes the ailment, the substance is often avoided in many e-juice recipes and many companies outright refuse to use it.
While we have addressed some of the common vaping myths in this article there are still many more that plague the industry. Regardless, vaping is clearly around to stay and its important for consumers, manufacturers, and everyone involved in vaping to understand all the myths associated with the act and work to dispel them in the mainstream media. At the same time, understanding the misconceptions around vaping can help vapers showcase their knowledge, producing more experts within the industry.