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Vaping Myths Debunked

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Vaping Myths Debunked

Vaping Myths Debunked

There’s a lot of negativity around vaping, and many myths seem to gain too much traction. A lot of it seems to come from the US, where ironically the regulations are much easier than here in the UK and the EU. 

But in the UK, vaping is recommended by the NHS and Cancer Research as a way to quit smoking, two institutions you wouldn’t expect would promote something if all the tales about vaping were true.

Many of the myths are harmless, but some of them, sponsored by cigarette companies, are there to harm the vaping industry. Because it’s helping people quit smoking and harming the coffers of said cigarette companies, we believe.

So, with that said, let’s look at some of the most common myths and see if we can debunk them…

Vaping Myths Debunked

There's a lot of myths about vaping, with many likening it to smoking, and some saying it is even worse (sponsored research by tobacco companies anyone?). And while we won't recommend anyone starts vaping from scratch the myths equating vaping to smoking cigarettes are exactly that: myths... now let's debunk them.

Vaping Is Just Like Smoking

Many people see vapers and associate it with smoking, and while this is natural, vaping isn’t the same as smoking at all.

Smoking cigarettes releases tar, carbon monoxide and at least 250 harmful chemicals, while vaping releases water vapour.

Vaping is also tobacco-free, and you can also get nicotine free e-liquids if you like. Imagine tobacco and nicotine free cigarettes! You can’t because it’s not possible.

There’s also a common misconception that vaping is addictive and a gateway to smoking. In the UK, vape e-liquids containing nicotine are controlled and the amount of nicotine in any e-juice is way less than what you can get in a cigarette.

While the act of inhaling something is like smoking, there’s not really any other similarity, and it’s for these reasons the NHS recommends people take up vaping to help them stop smoking.

Vaping is Just as Dangerous as Cigarettes

There’s a common myth going around that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. And while, we would never say vaping is good for you, because it isn’t, it’s not as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.

As already mentioned, the NHS recommends smokers to take up vaping to help them stop smoking, and it’s because people are more likely to stop smoking if they do it through vaping.

The reason they want smokers to vape is because smoking cigarettes is much worse for your health. In fact, according to research by Public Health England, vaping is 95 times less harmful than smoking, and offers only a small fraction of the risks smoking poses. And anyone who takes up vaping to quit smoking ‘conveys substantial health benefits.’

e-Liquids Contain Tobacco

There’s another myth regard tobacco. Do e-liquids contain tobacco? Well, according to the myth they do, but it’s absolutely not true.

Some might say vaping mimics the sensation of smoking cigarettes, but there’s a big difference in what is inhaled. E-liquids contain nicotine, which is addictive, but they do not contain tobacco, which is the harmful part of cigarettes.

It’s important not to get nicotine and tobacco mixed up. And while nicotine isn’t good for you, it’s not as harmful as tobacco, and of course you can also get no nicotine vapes if you like.

Passive Vaping is Dangerous

We all know how bad passive smoking is. It’s the very reason smoking was banned from pubs and restaurants in the UK back in 2007. But there’s also a myth going round that second-hand vaping is dangerous, like smoking.

When you first see a sub-ohm vaper producing dense clouds, it’s natural to think that it’s dangerous as it looks like smoking, but much bigger and denser clouds.

According to NHS, vaping devices release ‘negligible amounts of nicotine into the atmosphere’ and although the research is limited ‘any risk from passive vaping to bystanders is small relative to tobacco cigarettes.’

This is because vaping devices don't combust e-liquids, and don't produce tobacco smoke so the risks of passive smoking with conventional cigarettes don't apply to e-cigs.

Are Vaping and Smoking Alike? Not at All!

To be fair, it’s understandable why people believe vaping is like smoking cigarettes. It’s mostly ex-smokers that vape, and of course the act of vaping mimics that of smoking.

And although research is limited and new, it’s proven that smoking cigarettes is way more harmful for your health than vaping.

Now we are not recommending anyone takes up vaping, but there’s a good reason British institutions like the NHS, Cancer Research and Public Health England recommend anyone wanting to quit smoking, takes up vaping.

It’s because vaping is much less harmful for your health. And

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