Common Vaping Myths Debunked Volume 2
The second instalment to the busting vape myths series. Fake news continues to create myths and misconceptions that like a plume of cloud, get blown out of proportion. So, what are some more common myths about vaping? Where and how do these come about and more importantly what is fact from fiction? This blog is going to explore these in a bit more detail and debunk them! Time to get comfortable, top up your e-juice if you haven’t already done so, maybe grab a beverage and let’s get into it!
In Volume 1 we debunked these common myths: E-juice Contains Antifreeze, Vaping Contains Formaldehyde Gas, Vaping Creates Smoke, Second-hand Vape is Worse than Second-hand Cigarette Smoke, Vaping Causes Popcorn Lung.
Vaping is the same as Smoking
The statement that annoys every single vaper so lets keep trying to set the record straight! Smoking and vaping are two completely different things. Vapour maintains the same compounds as the substance that created it. Unlike cigarette smoke, when vapour is created, no new chemicals are formed. Keeping this short and sweet as the answer is simple, vaping isn’t the same as smoking!
Vaping Causes Wet Lung
Firstly, what is Wet Lung? A form of pneumonia which is a serious acute respiratory distress syndrome that’s caused by a complication of an existing lung infection, injury or illness. This condition can be triggered by a wide range of allergies such as pollen or dust.
Secondly, how did this become associated with vaping? Back in 2018, headlines around the world went crazy when it was reported that a lady contracted Wet Lung just from vaping. The result from this was another yet myth being developed.
So what is fact from fiction? “Wet Lung” doesn’t happen just because of vaping, it is mostly caused by an allergic reaction that brings on pneumonia when lungs are already compromised with issues such as asthma or other lung illnesses.
E-Juice is Just Flavoured Water
While e-juice/e-liquid, is a liquid, it’s definitely not water. Two main ingredients that make up e-liquid suitable for vaping is PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerine). Both PG and VG are found in a number of consumables including food, beauty and medical products. Despite what some people may think, they are not oils! This misconception is mostly down to the viscosity (thickness) of the liquid making it resemble oil. Inhaling vapour produced from water and oil (as in essential oils used in diffuses not car oil) can be extremely harmful. It can cause lipoid pneumonia and other serious health complications so never use water or oil in your device!
Vaping is Healthy
Being healthy is eating well, excising and doing things that are good for you. Vaping isn’t healthy but rather a healthier option to smoking tobacco. Studies have shown that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco however it’s not 100% healthy. Ex-smokers (myself included) have noticed better health since swapping the cigarettes to vaping, better breathing not coughing up gunk every morning.
Vape Devices Explode
News reports tend to blow up the headlines when vape devices explode and only really cover the unfortunate outcome but not the actual cause. This often results in a misconception that all vape devices are ticking time bombs that will go off at any time. It’s simply not the case, despite what the headlines might make you think, devices don’t just randomly explode. It’s unfortunate to say but 99.9% of the time it’s because of user error, not the device. Vaping devices use a lot of power to function. Lithium-ion batteries are used for their ability to store a higher charge density making them ideal for high-powered devices. Two main causes of battery venting and/or exploding are: user error (mostly with mechanical mods), and the integrity of the battery has been compromised. If your batteries become damaged or are old, discard them safely and replace with new ones.