The advocates of e-cigs claim that they are a cleaner alternative to tobacco. Some also say these cigs help quit smoking. I was watching a documentary on vapes and c-cigs on my Spectrum TV yesterday. I came to the conclusion there’s a lot of misinformation about these products.
Let’s clear the air by debunking common myths around E-Cigarettes:
#1: E-Cigs are Harmless
The liquid in the e-cig contains water, nicotine, and a solvent. Some also contain flavoring agents. This mixture might sound harmless, but it’s not. In fact, neither the liquid is safe, nor the device delivering it. The liquid contains impurities such as heavy metals and even formaldehyde that can irritate the eyes and the respiratory system.
Users increase the voltage of the device for a dense and richer vapor. The hotter temperature and higher voltage release harmful chemicals so the entire device is unsafe.
#2: It’s Safer than Smoking Traditional Cigarettes
No! It’s not a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking.
Yes, on average, it has a far lower concentration of harmful chemicals in vapes compared to traditional cigarettes. But studies say what’s true on average is not always true of all individual instances.
#3: They Help You Quit Smoking
Studies have shown results otherwise. Mostly, people who try e-cigs to quit smoking wind up smoking fewer traditional cigarettes, but they don’t give up smoking entirely.
In the real-world, the use of e-cigs is not associated with successful quitting. Some studies say non-smokers could get hooked on nicotine with e-cigs. Also, the youngsters who smoke e-cigs haven’t smoked a traditional cigarette, to begin with.
#4: They Don’t Produce a Harmful Smoke
Companies selling e-cigs say their product can be used anywhere because it doesn’t produce toxic smoke. But, breathing in the smoke produced by the device is not entirely harmless.
Although the level of harmful chemicals present in the second-hand smoke is smaller than a traditional cig’s smoke, it’s still harmful. The presence of heavy metals and other harmful substances is to blame.
#5: Contain Less Nicotine
Some people compare the risk of nicotine with drinking coffee. However, evidence shows that nicotine can result in DNA damage. It can also leave an adverse impact on the brain development of young ones. A recent study has revealed nicotine can also harm the heart.
#6: E-Cig Explosions are Overrated
Many advocates of e-cigs have pointed out that lithium battery-powered devices such as laptops as well as mobile phones explode too. Therefore, the explosion of vapes should be taken that seriously.
The truth is, the explosions took place not while the device was charging but during use. Victims of e-cig explosions have reported terrible burns and injuries.
#7: It’s Just Flavored Water Vapor
No way. The flavor inhaled is not water vapor. It contains chemicals such as acrolein and diacetyl. These agents can cause severe damage to the lungs.
The heating of compounds forms volatile organic compounds and other toxic chemicals, which can cause inflammatory reactions in circulation as well as lungs.
The first generation e-cigs were to mimic combusted tobacco, but the recent versions are developed in flavors that contain harmful compounds. Therefore, don’t be in the disbelief that you are inhaling flavored water vapors.
#8: Quitting E-Cigs Is Easier Than Quitting Traditional Cigarettes
E-cigs deliver a higher dosage of nicotine that too at a faster ratio. This means they are potentially more addictive compared to traditional cigs.
If you try to quit vaping, you will experience the same withdrawal symptoms as traditional cig smokers’ experience. In order to quit smoking, a healthier alternative is to reach out to a tobacco cessation coach.
#9: FDA Approved
No e-cig has been authorized by the FDA. However, the body did show its intent to prioritize the enforcement of cartridge-based products and flavored e-cigs along with other similar manufacturers who have failed to make sure their products are not accessible to minors.
Other than this, the FDA has also pointed out that it doesn’t approve tobacco or related products safe. Whenever it authorizes a company to sell or legally distribute a tobacco product, this means the manufacturer of that product as complied with the law to bring a particular product into the market.
#10: Vaping Has Increase Repository Illness
Lately, there has been a flurry of reports of illness blamed on vaping devices. Leaders of different states and presidential Donald trump himself considered banning vaping flavors.
From a careful analysis of the cases, it was revealed that the majority of the patient with respiratory illness were found mixing vaping categories with cannabis compounds. It’s the illegal vaping products sold on the black markets that caused lung illnesses, not the e-cigs sold by authorized retailers in the country.
To conclude, e-cigs are not as safe as people believe them to be. It’s easy to find an e-cig just like it’s easy to Google the Spectrum phone number and dial it for support. Hopefully, this guide must have given better clarity about e-cigs.