The vaping industry has grown exponentially over the past few years. According to the estimates, the industry grew from 1.7 billion dollars to 3.7 billion dollars in just a matter of two years i.e. from 2013 to 2015. And it is expected to go over 5 billion dollars by the end of this year. According to a Fact Sheet by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13% of American adults had used a vaporizer in 2014. Despite the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, many people still don’t really know what is vaping and what is a vape. And there are many myths circling around which we are going to the bank right now.
Myth: Vaporizers are a gateway to tobacco for teenagers
Fact: This is the major concern of most health professionals and institutes. However, several studies show that increase in vaporizer use in high schoolers did not translate into an increase in smoking. In fact, this fact sheet by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the increase in vaping actually occurred at the same time when there was a decrease in smoking among the high schoolers.
Myth: A vaporizer and an e-cigarette are the same thing
Fact: Well both of them use e-liquid but that is the only similarity they have. Most e-cigs look like traditional tobacco cigarette, are small in size, and come in many flavors combinations. Vaporizers are more powerful, rechargeable, and refillable devices that offer a more intense vaping.
Myth: E-liquids contain extremely dangerous ingredients and you don’t know what you are putting in your body
Fact: All the ingredients, as well as the flavors used in e-liquids, are food grade, high-quality ingredients. Most reputable E-liquid manufacturers will clearly label the expiry date as well as in the ingredients used in making the-juice.
Myth: E-Liquids contain antifreeze
Fact: This is one of the most ridiculous myths, While the ingredients used in e-liquids such that propylene glycol is also used in antifreeze, none of the e-liquids contains antifreeze. In fact, in antifreeze PG is added to reduce the harm in case it is swallowed accidentally.
Myth: Vapor contains Formaldehyde
Fact: A peer-reviewed study published by five scientists at Portland State University, claimed that at extremely high temperatures, the vapor produced can contain Formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen. However, the same study showed that when vaped at regular temperatures, there were no traces of Formaldehyde. So, the study that was conducted to show the bad side of vaporizers, actually proves them to be not as harmful as claimed by some.
Myth: Nicotine in E-liquid can cause cancer
Fact: While nicotine is a habit-forming drug and can be extremely addictive, it does not cause cancer and isn’t a carcinogen. Multiple studies by independent groups as well as government agencies tried to find a link between nicotine and cancer, but none succeeded.
Myth: Vaporizers are explosive
Fact: After reading all these news stories on the Internet and watching the videos that show vaporizers exploding in people’s pockets and batteries venting in cars while they are charging. However, vapes are no more explosive than your smartphone or any other gadgets that contain batteries. In other words, the vaporizers are not the culprit, but it all comes down to battery safety and education. If used properly and charged with the recommended charger, vaporizers are only as explosive as your smartphone.