Mythbusting: Is Vaping Bad For You?

The coming of the vaping revolution has been a lifesaver for smokers worldwide, throwing them that lifeline that they’ve needed – many of them for a long time – to kick the filthy habit once and for all, by gradually reducing their dependence on nicotine and slowly weening them off cigarettes.  You’d think that with such impressive results, the coming of the mighty e-cig would be welcomed with open arms!  And in most cases, it has.  However, there are still a few myths whizzing around the grapevine, whether they’re perpetuated by mass media outlets who  just so happen to be on the bankrolls of big tobacco firms (no connection, of course), or simply just those who mistrust change.  But are any of the myths surrounding vaping true?  Let’s take a look.

E-cigs are just as bad for you as normal Cigarettes

This is generally a view that is “assumed” upon seeing somebody vaping for the first time, more than it is backed up with any sort of real, binding evidence.  And to be fair, it’s hard to blame them.  Despite looking a bit fancier and flashier than regular cigarettes, people see the vapour (which they interpret as “smoke”) and assume that they’re… well, just fancier and flashier cigarettes.  It might also be something to do with the idea that e-cigs – an easy way to stop smoking – just seems a little “too good to be true”.  Either way, although e-cigs do contain nicotine (albeit a reduced amount necessary for smoothly weening smokers off the addictive chemical), that’s all they contain!  No sticky tar or carbon monoxide to damage the lungs, and, let’s face it, they smell much better!

E-cigs are still addictive

We’ll hold our hands up to this one (but hear us out).  As aforementioned, e-cigs do contain a reduced amount of nicotine in order to ween people away from it.  Therefore, yes, e-cigs can still be addictive.  However, vaping was never intended to be an “instant cure” method of stopping smoking – we’ve had those before in the form of gum and patches, and look how well those worked.  Vaping is meant to be a cold-turkey free, less-stressful way for smokers to gradually cut down on smoking by gradually reducing their exposure to nicotine until they come to a point where they’re comfortable to put the e-cig away for good.

E-cigs are harmful in “other ways”

There’s a lot of speculation on this one, none of which has proven to have any basis in the truth thus far.  E-cigs work pretty simply; “vaping” is the “smoking” action of taking back vapour from an e-cig.  You’re not taking fatty tobacco back into your lungs, you’re not sucking in carbon monoxide, and you’re not getting a nasty case of yellow fingers or smoker’s cough.  So are e-cigs harmful in “other ways”?  There’s literally zero reliable evidence that they are.  How about this question: are e-cigs less harmful than normal cigarettes?  By an absolute mile. What are your thoughts and experiences? Get in touch.

Article by Arran Garside, freelance copywriter with a great sense of humour and style of writing. He often writes for Prestige Vaping.