3 myths about vaping debunked
E-cigarettes and vaping products have significantly grown in popularity in recent years, but there are still a number of myths and untruths circulated in the media by misinformed critics. In this blog, we’ve debunked a few myths about vaping so that you are in possession of all the facts.
Vaping gives you ‘popcorn lung’
One of the most common misconceptions about vaping is that e-cigs can lead to ‘popcorn lung’, a condition named after it was observed among employees from a popcorn factory. This became a popular concern amongst consumers because a number of e-liquid flavours that gave a buttery taste used to contain the toxic chemical, diacetyl, which can lead to bronchiolitis obliterans in high doses. However, this chemical is banned from e-liquids and vape products in the UK so as long as you purchase your vape from a reputable supplier, there’s no risk of you developing this condition.
E-cigarettes are harmful as they contain nicotine
A number of people are still under the illusion that nicotine is the chemical that leads to cancer that occurs as a result of smoking cigarettes, but this is not the case. While nicotine is the chemical that makes smoking addictive, it is extremely unlikely to cause permanent harm to your health. The damage to your lungs caused by smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes is due to the many other harmful chemicals present, such as carbon monoxide and tar. The vapour in e-cigarettes does not contain either of these harmful chemicals and so vaping is a far safer option for your long-term health than smoking cigarettes.
E-cigarettes aren’t regulated and we don’t know what’s in them
The regulations for e-cigarettes in the UK are some of the strictest in the world. The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations implemented in 2016 state that vaping products must fulfil minimum standards of safety and quality, as well as labelling and packaging requirements in order to provide customers with the information needed in order for them to make informed choices about the products they consume. All products, including vapes, must be sent to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK along with details that include a list of all of the ingredients within the product.