Electronic cigarettes are a relatively new product. There are many myths and misconceptions about how they work. Some of these are based on misunderstanding and lack of knowledge.
Here are some of the most common myths about electronic cigarettes and the truth behind them.
Second-Hand Electronic Cigarette Smoke is Dangerous
When it comes to other people breathing in second-hand smoke, electronic cigarettes are much safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes. They contain a very tiny, barely perceptible percentage of the toxins from tobacco cigarettes.
The “smoke” that comes from an e-cigarette is not really smoke at all. It is actually a water vapor that looks like smoke but will not harm anyone around you. Also, the second-hand smoke from an e-cigarette will not stain fingers, teeth, walls, or furniture.
E-Cigarettes Are More Expensive Than Regular Cigarettes
This is also a myth because in most cases it is significantly cheaper to use electronic cigarettes rather than smoking pack after pack of cigarettes. The battery on an e-cig is rechargeable and it lasts quite a long time. This means that you will not have to replace it as often. Rather than buying two packs of cigarettes per day, you will only have to buy the flavor cartridges and the replacement battery every couple of months. Over the course of a year, this can save you hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars, depending on how much you smoke.
Electronic Cigarettes Are More Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes
A test by the FDA showed that the nicotine in the electronic cigarette cartridges was significant, which led critics to state that electronic cigarette users inhaled more nicotine than traditional cigarette smokers, causing them to be even more addicted.
However, two independent tests at Virginia Commonwealth University showed that the electronic cigarette does not deliver nicotine in the same way as tobacco smoke and is actually less effective at getting the nicotine into the system.
The Additives in Electronic Cigarettes Are Dangerous
There has been some criticism about the additives in electronic cigarettes, including propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. Many critics are concerns that these chemicals are harmful to human consumption. However, these products have been used in many everyday items for years, including baby wipes, asthma inhalers, bubble baths, and oral pharmaceuticals. They have been tested again and again for their possible toxicity and they have been deemed safe by the FDA.
These are just a few of the myths that have been spread around regarding electronic cigarettes. The best way to separate myth from reality is to do some research on your own. If you are considering trying electronic cigarettes, search the internet and find as much information as you can about this product. You will be able to find all the answers to your questions and get a clearer picture of how they work, without relying on myth and rumor.