Vaping continues to be frowned upon by the powers that be. While we in the industry know that vaping can be the gateway to a smoke-free lifestyle, it seems there are quite a few other less informed opinions floating out there. In no particular order, here are some of the most common vaping myths.
Myth #10 An e-cigarette and an AVP (Advanced Personal Vaporizer) are the same animal.
Incorrect! E-cigs look like regular cigarettes, are made by tobacco companies and are not commonly carried by vape shops. They have limited flavours, and most vapers do not use them. AVP's, on the other hand, are the more sophisticated cousin of the e-cigarette, and contain electronics and components that allow the user to adjust vapour levels and flavour intensity.
Myth #9 E-liquid ingredients are mysterious, dangerous and (oh, the horror!) contain antifreeze.
No – there are only four ingredients in e-juice – vegetable glycerin or VG, propylene glycol or PG (not diethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze), food-grade flavouring and pharmaceutical-grade nicotine. That PG is safe for human consumption!
Myth #8 If there's nicotine in e-juice, you'll get cancer, just as you would if you smoke regular cigarettes.
Definitely not! It's not the nicotine that'll kill you … it's the tar in tobacco cigarettes. And, vapers may start out with nicotine in their e-juice, but most gradually step down until they are vaping totally nicotine-free flavoured e-liquid.
Myth #7 Vaping is an introduction to smoking real cigarettes and is aimed at teenagers.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Vape shops, both stand-alone and online, are not interested in putting themselves in jeopardy by selling to minors, and as a matter of interest, 95% of our customers are adult ex-cigarette smokers.
Myth #6 The vaping industry is non-regulated – there could be anything in that e-juice!
Fact – Our industry is more concerned with the health and safety of our customers than the tobacco companies are. We believe that vaping has helped more people quit smoking tobacco than all the nicotine replacement therapies put together. Our products are labelled – 'for use by adults over the age of 18, keep away from children and pets' and e-liquids are sold with child-proof caps.
Stay tuned for the next five vaping myths coming up next!