E-cigarettes: Myth vs. Reality

E-cigarettes: Myth vs. Reality

E-cigarettes have been a subject of much controversy lately. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, here is a list of most of those so-called “facts” you’ve seen published all over the Internet and media:

E-cigarettes contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze

The chemical which they are referring to is propylene glycol, an ingredient recognized as safe for human consumption by both the EU health authorities and the FDA. It is sometimes used in antifreeze to actually make it less harmful if accidentally swallowed. And by the way, water is being used in antifreeze as well.

E-cigarettes still deliver nicotine, a dangerous carcinogen

The reason of tobacco becoming so popular in the 1600s, along with tea & coffee (for their caffeine), was that nicotine is a powerful stimulant. Obvious enough, it affects tons of systems. Less obvious is that nicotine has many beneficial effects and is not now, nor has it ever been a carcinogen. The infamous deadliness of smoking would seem to be solely from the smoke, not the nicotine.

Second-hand e-cigarette vapor poses a health risk to bystanders

The studies done to date have found that the levels of contaminants detected in e-cigarette vapor are so low that it is highly doubtful they would even pose a health risk. Additionally, vaporized vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol are slightly heavier than tobacco smoke, and therefore do not remain airborne nearly as long as does the product of tobacco combustion.

There haven’t been any serious studies about e-cigarettes yet

E-cigarettes have been studied by reputable scientific organizations for over ten years now, and we encourage you to do your own research:

- Clinical research
- Lab reports
- Scientific opinion

E-cigarettes are a “gateway” to traditional, tobacco cigarette smoking

Considering that e-cigarettes are perceived as a health concession for adults, the high startup costs and the easy accessibility of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes are unlikely to appeal to new smokers in significant numbers. Additionally, given the fact that the current users claim that vaping makes tobacco smoke taste considerably foul, in the unlikely event that a new smoker chooses tobacco cigarettes over electronic cigarettes, the chance they will find tobacco smoking more appealing is even smaller.

There’s a big chance of an e-cigarette exploding while being used

E-cigarettes have batteries. Batteries, of all kind, under the right (and extremely rare) circumstances can explode or melt down. Cell phones have the same kind of batteries as you’ll find in e-cigarettes, and we hold cell phones up to our faces much more frequently than we take a drag off of our e-cigarette.


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