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“When are you going to give up?” is a familiar question that cigarette smokers hear, however, more and more vapers are being critiqued and questioned about their choice to vape.
With the understanding that smoking is bad for you and can be the cause of many serious illnesses, many people have the mistaken belief that vaping is also just as harmful. It’s not surprising, we are all creatures of habit and any sudden change or adjustment can create fear, panic and concern.
Take the COVID-19 pandemic, where we are now all using face masks as a rule, this is not natural and we mostly relate these to medical and sterile settings where clinicians wear them to protect themselves and patients from the spread of disease, which can be quite concerning, but is understood to be done in line with guidelines and policy.
When you begin asking everyone in the country to wear them, it becomes a whole different ballgame; with some people outright refusing to don a mask as they see this as a ‘scare’ tactic.
With vaping, people associate the form of consumption with smoking, you inhale from a device that often looks similar in size (a pen device) and you exhale vapour, which is likened to smoke.
Here we cover five of the most common misconceptions that people believe to be true and debunk them!
1.Vaping leads to smoking.
This is an argument that comes up time upon time. “Now you’re vaping, what’s next when you get bored? Smoking?”
In actual fact and as the vast majority of vapers will insist that it is indeed the other way around and that vaping has played a significant part in helping many smokers to quit.
According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) only 0.1% of vapers have never smoked before and around 66% of vapers are existing smokers on their journey to quitting cigarettes and 33% have now stopped smoking altogether and now only vape.
It is also important to note that as a retailer, we don’t promote vaping to non-smokers.
2.Vaping is unsafe
In the UK, all E-Liquids and devices must adhere to specific guidelines and regulations. With the sensationalised news stories about the Lipoid pneumonia cases in the US in 2019, it is important to make clear that the E-Liquids vaped were unregulated and contained illegal ingredients.
The Public Health England (PHE) sought to reassure the British public further when this news surfaced and the release of the PHE study that visualised to show the effects of vaping on the lungs compared to smoking – the results were shocking and reinforced the PHE stance that vaping is 95% safer than smoking tobacco.
3.Vape devices can explode!
This is something that has appeared in the news many times.
Most of the issues highlighted in the press were caused by negligence; using the incorrect device charger is the most likely reason. Hand’s up how many of you have used a charger for your phone or vape device that wasn’t the correct or original charger? Always use the charging cable supplied with the device or purchase the correct, compatible charger.
Same case applies for the battery used – you wouldn’t use a AAA battery if your remote control needs an AA battery, this also applies with your device. Buy your batteries from a responsible retailer like RED Barracuda Vape and made for your device.
The odds of the battery (usually a lithium ion) leaking or exploding are very slim, around 1:1,000,000.
We also recommend that you regularly check and inspect your batteries for general wear and tear signs of damage; if anything is looking suspect or if it’s taking far too long to charge, it’s time to change it.
4. All E-Liquids contain nicotine.
Many non-vapers are against vaping as they believe the common misconception that E-Liquids contain high levels of nicotine and therefore vapers are unlikely to wean themselves off.
There are indeed many liquids that contain nicotine, but in varying strengths from the higher 20mg levels down to zero. Yes, zero.
Remember, quitting smoking is a journey not a race and as such many smokers may choose to begin vaping higher strength E-Liquids, gradually reducing this over time until they are down to zero.
With stressful circumstances some vapers may find that they increase their nicotine slightly. Take the current COVID-19 pandemic, the stress and anxiety induced by the ongoing uncertainty of the situation could have encouraged many back to smoking cigarettes, however, with the option to increase nicotine slightly to get a similar effect is far less damaging to the body.
There are also lots of people who prefer the zero nicotine shortfills, to which a nic shot can be added to gain the desired strength or not. Some choose these liquids for the flavour variation and the immense clouds created.
5. Vaping is just like smoking
The draw and inhalation are the only two similarities, beyond this vaping is a whole other ball game!
Remember, when smoking, nicotine is ingested via burning tobacco and drawing these harmful chemicals into your body and lungs.
Vaping, in contrast, heats up the E-Liquid (sometimes containing nicotine) before being inhaled. There is no burning of tobacco and no tar or carbon monoxide which cause the most significant damage.
E-Liquids contain Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine in varying ratio’s – these are common ingredients in most food and medicine industries.
The NHS advise that there is no evidence that suggests that vaping causes harm to others, as oppose to second-hand smoke which can be very harmful to those around you.