The 10 Most Common Vaping Myths Debunked

  1. Vaping is as harmful as smoking cigarettes
    • FACT: Hardly anything is 100% safe, but studies show that e-cigarettes are substantially safer than traditional cigarettes. The nicotine in e-liquid is addictive but e-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide which are just two of the most harmful elements produced from smoking cigarettes. Public Health England has conducted studies and from this have concluded that “E-cigarettes are 95% safer than smoked tobacco and they can help smokers quit.
    • There are around 250 harmful chemicals found in cigarettes.  At least 70 of them have been proven to cause cancer.
  2. Vaping causes ‘Popcorn-lung’
    • FACT: Popcorn – lung (Bronchiolitis Obliterans) is a serious but rare disease. Exposure to Diacetyl is the root cause. Popcorn lung was the term given to the lung condition that a small number of factory workers developed in a popcorn factory due to being exposed to elevated levels of this chemical. Diacetyl naturally occurs in chemicals produced in various fruits, vegetables and plants. The most notable of which is Tobacco. There is 750x more diacetyl in a pack of cigarettes than there is in one days’ worth of e-liquid, yet there is no found cases of popcorn lung in smokers.  It would take hundreds of days’ worth of vaping jam packed into one day to reach the same amounts of Diacetyl that is found in one pack of cigarettes.
  3. Vaping is a gateway to smoking
    • The opposite of this has been found. There is no evidence of people starting to vape and then switching to smoking, however multiple studies have concluded that people who have been smoking will make the switch to vaping.
  4. Vaping is not regulated
    • Multiple times a year new regulation is being put in place regarding vaping. As a somewhat newer industry, this is how things go. In Canada, the regulations are consistently being updated and access to the most up to date information continues to flow.
  5. Vaping does not help you quit smoking
    • This one is one of the craziest myths as there is plenty of evidence out there to suggest that using an e-cigarette has helped a lot of people in kicking the habit. Public Health England themselves have said that “an estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking.” E-cigarettes are now part of this year’s stop smoking campaign by PHE. We have been around for over 5 years, and pride ourselves on helping our customers to make the switch!
  6. E cigs contain anti-freeze
    • While it’s true that the e-liquid you’re using to vape may contain propylene glycol (an ingredient that can be found in anti-freeze), it is a substance that is recognized by internationally respected health organizations as being safe for human consumption.
      What makes antifreeze toxic is an ingredient called ethylene glycol (a substance which should be noted is NOT found in e-liquid).
  7. E cigarettes can be easily purchased by kids
    • With all the different sweet e-liquid flavors available in the industry many people argue that this entices younger people to vape and then get into smoking. However, repeated surveys have shown only a negligible uptake among never-smokers, including young people. Smoking rates have also continued to decline amongst younger people and Public Health England are continually monitoring this. Furthermore, just like with tobacco, vape vendors also will challenge a purchaser’s age if they believe that they are under 18. Regulations have been set in place for stores to adhere to the restrictions of selling vape products to minors.
  8. Secondhand vapor is as bad as secondhand smoke
    • There is no doubt that it is just as possible to inhale secondhand vapor as it is to inhale secondhand smoke, however, there is no indication that vapor is a danger to those around you. Studies have failed to conclude that vaping liquid contains any of the toxins found in conventional cigarettes. There are no harmful elements in the vapor from e-cigarettes produced like there is in traditional cigarettes. Tests in non-ventilated vape shops have also been carried out and concluded that there was nothing from the vapor and in the air, that was dangerous to others.
  9. It is claimed that manufacturers hide product ingredients.
    • Well this is just simply not true. As mass producers of the product, we can say with confidence that we know what we are putting in each bottle! For consumers, it is important to know your product and where it comes from. Just the way we would with any other product we purchase. The quality is knowledge based, just do your research! At Vango we use Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene glycol, food flavors, and nicotine.
  10. e-Cigs are explosive
    • The many headlines in the media about exploding e-cigs are almost universally related to improper use or storage of a battery. Carrying loose batteries in a pocket or bag is a big no, no. Just be sure to take care like you would with any other electrical items or lithium batteries and if you’re following the battery safety guidelines set by the manufacturer and use the device in the correct way this will not be an issue. You can view our safety guidelines for vape batteries here.