Friday, November 17, 2017

Debunking the Lies about Vaping

Below are the most common lies spread about vaping by people with an ulterior motive or simply uneducated.  Let’s put these misconceptions to bed and uncover the truth about vaping myths and the charlatans trying to kill the smoking public.  Every fact here has been check and I will site sources so you can make an informed decision for yourself.

Lie Number One - Vaping causes Popcorn Lung
There have been NO cases of Popcorn Lung in e-cigarette users, none.  This original myth was put out in 2016 after a Harvard Study did research about some flavors used in making e-liquid containing diacetyl.  Fake new stories began showing up everywhere using a picture of a man already proven to be from another source, not one concerning popcorn lung at all, in a hospital bed.  Further, in 2014 e-liquid companies had already began removing diacetyl from e-liquid manufacturing.  With all of that being said, there is NO proof of vaping causing Pop Corn Lung. Even in the older e-liquids that contained diacetyl, they contained a milligram of the percentage found in a real cigarette.  There have been no documented cases of Popcorn lung in either smokers, or vapers.  SNOPES FACT CHECK

Lie Number Two – E-liquids Contain Antifreeze
As a former respiratory technician, the minute I saw this pop up online I could only shake my head in disbelief.  I understood the desperation that big tobacco was going through losing money to the consumer solution of vaping to the problem they created, smoking, but the fear tactics trying to keep people smoking?  ABSOLUTELY FALSE!  E-liquids DO NOT contain Antifreeze! I mentioned being a respiratory tech because they used the fact that e-liquids contained propylene glycol as the excuse that e-liquids contained antifreeze.  Sorry, but we used propylene glycol in breathing treatments at our hospital and we weren’t making our patients breathe in antifreeze.  Debunked 100%.

Lie Number Three – Nicotine Causes Cancer
That is a blatant lie because nicotine is not a carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue).   Yes, nicotine can be addictive, but it is not capable of causing cancer, there have been numerous studies done on this.  Where this lie comes from is the tar in cigarettes has been proven to cause cancer but that is not present in e-liquid.  Medical News Today

Lie Number Four – Vaping is a Gateway for Teenage Smoking
I have to pause for just a minute here and shake my head again.  As a former smoker (25+ years diagnosed with COPD which is why I started vaping) I can tell you from personal experience, the taste and smell of a cigarette makes me sick to my stomach.  I do not believe that a teenager should have access to vaping products, or alcohol for that matter.  This is an adult solution to smoking cessation for me, and from every vaping enthusiast I’ve spoken to, they feel the same way.  What vaping won’t do is lead to them smoking, so let’s be honest here.  “Think about the children” the most common argument they use when they can’t come up with real evidence to put out about vaping.  As a mother of five, grandmother to two, I can tell you I’d rather my children pick up vaping than smoking any day of the week.  Hopefully they will do neither, but of the two I’d prefer they vape.  We already have laws in place to make sure children can’t buy vaping supplies, so this is the biggest misconception they use to regulate what has already been established.

Lie Number Five – Vaping is Just as Harmful as Smoking
A cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals an e-liquid contains four.  Common sense tells you immediately that vaping is already safer than smoking by that one simple fact.   No matter what spin you put on it, even if you hate vaping and want to see it destroyed, those facts don’t lie.

Lie Number Six -  Second Hand Vape Is Just as Dangerous as Second Hand Smoke

The NCBI (Library of Medicine) completely debunked that myth and you can read the article which shows the scientific facts by following that link.  To summarize that report here’s the last sentence “The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed.” 

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