This tends to be one of the most common myths used by non-vapers and people who are uneducated on the subject of vaping. There are only 3 or 4 ingredients* used in e-liquid depending on what you vape; propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, natural/artificial food grade flavoring, and nicotine (optional).
All of the items used in the process to manufacture e-liquids are approved for human consumption by the FDA. Each of these products, with the exception of nicotine, are in many everyday products we use or consume like cosmetics, food, and drinks.
A crazy myth that took the vaping industry by storm and still gets brought up every so often… Vaping gives you popcorn lung. This claim is just comical when you get down to the facts.
The big fuss was about e-liquids containing diacetyl, which caused popcorn lung in popcorn factory workers from breathing in high levels of diacetyl from the butter flavoring. The primary e-liquid flavors of concern were custard flavors. While we think all e-liquids should be diacetyl free for the safety of all vapers, the levels of diacetyl that were found in e-liquids were so insignificant compared to the levels of diacetyl that are found in regular cigarette smoke
Dr. Michael Siegel concluded that smokers are exposed to diacetyl levels that are 750 times higher than the diacetyl levels of vaping. An average vaper is exposed to 9 micrograms of diacetyl per day while the average smoker is exposed to 6,718 micrograms.
Siegel also went farther in-depth when he looked at the Harvard study that caused the diacetyl concerns in the first place. He found that the e-liquid with the highest levels of diacetyl exposed vapers to just 239 micrograms whereas a heavy smoker is exposed to 20,340 micrograms. We aren’t rocket scientists, but the numbers speak for themselves.
Most importantly, Nicobine 100% Vegetable Glycerin!
As vapers, we probably don’t need to bust out the facts to debunk this myth because we are living proof that vaping doesn’t cause the same harm to our bodies as smoking cigarettes. Aside from the fact that our e-liquid has 4 ingredients compared to the thousands of chemicals found in cigarettes, we know our bodies best. We know we can breathe better, have more endurance, and we have an increased sense of smell and taste. All things that were hindered by smoking.
Well now you have some scientific evidence to back up the way you feel! A study led by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos from the Department of Cardiology at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece found that smoking cigarettes caused a greater elevation in blood pressure and heart rate compared to e-cigarettes. The study also found that while cigarettes acutely impaired diastolic function there was no difference in diastolic function observed in e-cig users.
You can view the full study here: http://spo.escardio.org/eslides/view.aspx?eevtid=54&fp=1375
This myth may have some truth behind it because we are addicted to getting new mods and tanks, but science proves that e-cigarettes are not as physically addictive as cigarettes.
Two independent studies, one conducted by Dr. Murray Laugesen and one by Dr. Thomas Eissenberg at Virginia Commonwealth University, found that e-cigs do not deliver nicotine as efficiently as regular cigarettes. In fact, e-cigs deliver nicotine in lower levels than tobacco smoke.
On top of that, some argue that it’s not the nicotine that makes cigarettes so addictive. While there is no denying the fact that nicotine is addictive, many claim the thousands of other chemicals and by-products of cigarettes make them much more addictive than they’re made out to be.
You can read more about Dr. Laugesen’s study here: http://vaperanks.com/e-cigarettes-200-times-less-toxic-than-analogs-new-study-shows/
You can read more about Dr. Eissenberg’s study here: http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/smoking-cessation-news-628/benefits-of-e-cigarettes-may-outweigh-harms-study-finds-690268.html
We feel like this myth was used more as a scare tactic than anything, but you can see why people would draw that conclusion if they don’t know their facts. Plain and simple, nicotine is not a carcinogen. There have been multiple studies done by independent groups and government agencies that have not found a link between nicotine and cancer. This means that it has to be the thousands of chemicals in cigarettes that cause the cancer. In fact, while it is addicting, nicotine is about as harmful for your body as caffeine.
A lot of the people opposed to vaping bring up children and teens using these devices and then later switching to regular cigarettes in the future, which is a valid concern. However, tobacco harm reduction education in public schooling is much more effective now. Most teens know the consequences and think it’s gross. That doesn’t debunk the myth though.
One study done by the CDC confirmed that increased use in e-cigs in high schoolers did not translate to an increase in smoking rates. This study actually proved a lot for vaping advocacy and you can see our 9 key takeaways from that study here.https://aspenvalleyvapes.com/9-key-takeaways-from-the-cdcs-electronic-cigarette-report/
Another study done by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center looked at 1300 college students with an average age of 19. Of the 1300 students in the study, 43 of them said an e-cig was their first nicotine product. Of those 43 students, only one of them said that they went on to smoke regular cigarettes. You can see more about that study here:http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/tobacco-and-kids-health-news-662/e-cigarettes-may-not-be-gateway-to-smoking-study-681597.html