The use of vapes has been on a steady rise as a worldwide phenomenon. Using e-liquids to produce smoke-like vapor, vapes are seen as a safer and more economical alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, with its appearance in the mainstream, vaping has also had its fair share of misconceptions and myths.
It is essential to separate the truth from hearsay to make informed decisions. Below are a few common misconceptions on vaping and the facts that debunk them.
- Vaping is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes.
One of the biggest comparisons between vaping and cigarette smoking is the health risk they pose to smokers. A study from the Royal College of Physicians has found that while vaping is not entirely risk-free, it is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm posed by tobacco smoking. This is due to removing tar, ash, and other byproducts associated with the smoking process.
- Vape devices are prone to exploding or catching fire
Vapes rely on internal batteries that require charging to operate. Stories of vape devices suddenly catching fire or exploding have seen mainstream media coverage, creating fear that vapes are unsafe for use.
Like other electronic devices, there are fake vapes that make use of low-quality or faulty components. In addition, mishandling and third-party modifications can also compromise a vape and cause it to malfunction.
Buying vapes only from reputable manufacturers, operating them as instructed, and keeping a close eye on them while charging will significantly reduce the risk of any untoward incidents.
- E-liquids are full of dangerous chemicals.
The vaping process use e-liquids that are converted into vapor for smoking. For those who do not understand how vapes work or the exact ingredients of e-liquids, it’s all too easy to assume the worst.
E-liquids contain certain chemicals, such as Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, flavoring, and nicotine (which is also present in tobacco products). To ensure that your e-liquids are high-quality and will provide a pleasant experience, make sure to purchase from reliable suppliers and pay attention to the ingredients list.
- Vapes can be used indoors.
Many people assume that vapes are okay to use indoors as they do not carry the same after-smell that cigarettes do, nor does the vapor linger as long as cigarette smoke. While this may be the case, the legality of indoor vaping is currently in a grey area.
While there is no legal consensus on whether or not it is safe to vape indoors, establishments and other areas will deal with this on a case-to-case basis. Generally, it is ideal to ask if vaping is permitted inside before proceeding. The only caveat is that it is advisable to refrain from vaping around children and pregnant women for safety.
Bust the Myths for Safe Vaping
With vaping and vape culture becoming more visible to the public eye, it can be challenging to combat negative stereotypes and misinformation. However, raising awareness and debunking common misconceptions makes it easier to navigate the practice and allows people—from important decision-makers to the average individual—to form educated opinions and respond appropriately.