May 30

Urban Myths about E-Cigarettes and Vaping

It’s been more than a decade since e-cigarettes were first introduced to the world by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik. Since then, they have become increasingly popular, widely available and fashionable. Yet, they are still often at the center of controversy.


Electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, vaporizers, and smokeless cigarettes are all part of the revolutionary movement to help people switch from smoking harmful tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes. They’re the closest thing to a real cigarette, except there is no smoke, which suggests they could be a healthier alternative to smoking.


So, what are the myths behind e-cigarettes?

Many questions remain about how much safer e-cigarettes are than tobacco cigarettes, and debate continue as to whether the devices should be regulated. However, this uncertainty hasn’t reduced their popularity.


Here’s a look at some common misperceptions about e-cigarettes.


E-cigarettes are even more addictive than cigarettes

Conventional wisdom has it that nicotine is the addictive component in cigarettes and e-cigarettes.  However, research on the addictive nature of nicotine without cigarette smoke in inconclusive, and some studies have shown that nicotine itself may not be especially addictive. The habit-forming nature of cigarettes is caused by a number of ingredients that interact with one another when a person smokes. This could account for why people don’t become addicted to nicotine patches, gum and the like, and also why they’re largely ineffective. With e-cigarettes, a person can wean him or herself off nicotine gradually by reducing the nicotine strength in the e-liquid.


In addition, the Royal College of Physicians of London notes in a statement that available data gives no indication that e-cigarettes act as a gateway to smoking in young people, or encourages a smoking culture.


Nicotine in e-cigarettes can cause cancer

Among studies about nicotine, no studies have linked nicotine itself to cancer. Rather, it is the tar and chemicals released when smoking a cigarette that causes cancer.


You can fly anywhere with your vaping kit

This is unfortunately not true. As far as travelling with e-cigarettes is concerned, there are a number of things to be aware of, because despite their popularity, regulations on e-cigarettes and vaping vary from country to country. Therefore, it is important to research the laws before travelling, as a person’s vaping set may be confiscated, or he or she may be fined.


E-cigarettes are more expensive than cigarettes
Vaping costs more than ordinary cigarettes, but only initially. An e-cigarette works for a longer amount of time compared to cigarettes, and simply needs to be refilled with e-liquid, and recharged. This means that, in the long run, e-cigarettes are not as expensive as cigarettes.


Advantages to e-cigarettes

Vaping has certain distinct advantages over smoking. As mentioned, it can be nicotine-free, depending on the chosen e-liquid. It is also a helpful tool to stop smoking, and shows certain benefits over cigarettes. Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander, a pulmonologist working at the San Diego Veteran’s Affairs hospital, says, “…I do tell my patients that they might be better off if they switched from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes.”  In addition, e-cigarettes helps to do not cause tooth discoloration. Who knew?

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Jessica Pulido

Jessica is the owner of OMG Goodies. She loves to do reviews on the latest products, as well as share them with her friends and followers. If you would like Jessica to do a review for you, email her at omgfreebees@gmail.com

1 comment

  1. Uk Ecigarette

    Very informative blog and this is absolutely right that vaping is not 100 percent secure but is less harmful than smoking since smoking can shorten the life whereas vaping can be useful to quit smoking.

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