The e-cigarette industry still seems pretty fresh on the scene (despite years of development) and is constantly being explored by pioneering brands, advocated by cloud chasers and tricksters, and enjoyed by vapers all around the globe. But with what is currently thought of as a baby industry (though it’s rapid growth is seeing vaping boom into social culture), there is a lot of controversy and misunderstood information out there that hasn’t yet been rectified or exploited!
From our own experiences, we’ve managed to indicate 5 of the myths many newbies or non-vapers get wrong about vaping - just to clear some up.
1. The Difference Between E-Cigs
The analog cigarette (pictured above left) is traditionally what was referred to as an e-cigarette. They can be bought in convenience stores and petrol stations but you probably won’t find them in vape shops! Their appearance is similar to an ordinary tobacco cigarette in order to help quitters resume their hobby, unfazed that they have made a healthier switch to an electronic device. The cartridges in these e-cigs come pre-filled and once they run out, they need replacing with new cartridges and have limited options for flavours.
The e-cig device pictured on the right is known as an APV (Advanced Personal Vaporiser) or Vape Pens. Vape Pens contain electronics that allow the user to regulate power levels and produce a moderate amount of ‘smoke’ from the vapour. Vape Mods are generally a little bigger but can come in all crazy wonderful shapes, colours and sizes. Mods are more expensive and allow the user to reduce the amount of nicotine significantly and can produce a lot of vapour which is great for tricksters! There is also a lot more choice in e-liquids, meaning you can fully explore all those exotic and weird flavoured juices!
It’s recommended that as you wish to quit smoking, you begin with the analog e-cig (higher nicotine content, less vape) and move to APV’s then to Vape Mods - that’s when the real fun begins!
2. The Ingredients in an E-Liquid
The main base ingredient is vegetable glycerin which produces the vast amount of vapour. Secondly, propylene glycol is added which is also used in asthma inhalers, meaning its safe to inhale when vaporized. Many confuse this with diethylene glycol which is found in anti-freeze (hence the controversy).
The PG carries the flavours, which is the third ingredient. Flavours are food-grade and can be a mix of natural and artificial concoctions created by the juice maker. The final addition is pharmaceutical-grade nicotine which can vary in strengths.
3. What is the Point in Zero Nicotine E-Liquids?
Most users begin their journey with a high nicotine content in order to ease them out of tobacco cigarette use. When they eventually move onto a device that has a larger amount of vapour, they need less nicotine to be satisfied and so opt for e-liquids with a smaller amount of the addictive substance in them. The higher the nicotine, the less flavour you can reap from the e-juices, and so generally if you’re enjoying the flavour you can opt to step down the nicotine content further. This process may continue until you find you longer need the nicotine at all and you simply just enjoy the notion of vaping and of course the taste bud tingling flavours.
Low to zero nicotine strength e-liquids actually tend to sell better than medium-high contents, so it’s safe to say there is indeed a market for it, despite what you may have heard.
4. Vaping is More Harmful than Smoking Due to Lack of Research
Not true. In fact, it’s so untrue that I’m surprised at how many people seem to argue over it! It’s straight forward, plain and simple; when you vape, there is an absence of combustion and there is a different chemical composition, which leads to less creation and absorption of toxic chemicals. Thus, concluding that vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking. Countless studies have shown evidence for this point too; “For all byproducts measured, electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to tobacco cigarettes. The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analysed.” - Comparison of the effects of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on indoor air quality (2012 study).
Many seem to believe that there isn’t enough research to suggest vaping is any better for you than smoking ordinary cigarettes. However, if you actually do your own research, you’ll find that this debate has been a favourite topic for many to explore and there are plenty of case studies to prove otherwise.
5. Vaping Doesn’t Help you Quit Smoking, it Encourages it.
"In a large, international survey of current, former, or never users of e-cigarettes, 72 percent of users reported that e-cigarettes helped them to deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms, 92 percent reported reductions in their smoking when using e-cigarettes, and only 10 percent reported that they experienced the urge to smoke tobacco cigarettes when using the e-cigarette. Moreover, of more than 2000 former smokers in this survey, 96 percent reported that the e-cigarette helped them to stop smoking."
Ordinary nicotine replacement therapy solutions such as the patch or gum have a disappointing success rate in aiding smokers quit all together, whereas we’ve seen evidence that vaping can help smokers to cut down and eventually stub out their death sticks not only in studies but in our customers too. Guardians of public health and the press are now having to give in and admit to the idea that vaping may be the future of smoking - a heather and safer alternative that is more sociable and can be more cost effective too.