E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular among the general public. They’re often used in social settings and by people who are trying to quit smoking. Yet, the world of vaping is rife with myth and misinformation. It’s time to clear the air and set the facts straight regarding these battery-powered devices. Here are some of the most notorious vaping myths, along with the scientific evidence that debunks them.
A common myth is that vaping is just as dangerous as cigarettes. However, based on recent studies, it’s clear that individuals who vape have lower levels of toxic and carcinogenic substances in their bodies compared to those who smoke. E-cigarettes do not release tar, carbon monoxide and many of the 7,000 chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. The two main ingredients added to vape liquids are vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, which are used to form the vapor and add flavor to it.
One misconception is that vaping causes bronchiolitis obliterans (i.e., popcorn lung). This serious lung disease gained its name because it was first observed in workers at a popcorn factory. Inhaling high levels of a substance called diacetyl have been linked to this illness. Diacetyl has been used in e-liquids to give them a buttery flavor. However, research suggests that the amount of diacetyl found in e-cigarettes is not enough to cause this condition.
The average diacetyl exposure from vaping is 750 times lower than from traditional cigarettes.
To learn more about common vaping myths, see the accompanying infographic.