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Clearing the Air About Vaping

Since being introduced to the United States in 2007, the Vaping Industry has been the target of a lot of criticism and false information. When the news carries a story about electronic cigarettes or vaping, the majority of the coverage will be negative. Below are 5 of the biggest misconceptions about vaping and the truth about each.

E-liquid Contains Nicotine – It’s Just as Bad, If Not Worse Than Smoking

Yes, e-cigarettes and e-liquid contain nicotine. That is all that is true about the above statement. Nicotine is an addictive substance and is classified as a stimulant, much like caffeine. They both increase heart rate and bring on a feeling of increased energy, albeit temporary. Professor Michael Russell, whose research led to the 1988 report of the US Surgeon General Nicotine Addiction, wrote “people smoke for nicotine but die from the tar.” Nicotine is legal to purchase and consume in the United States.

Vaping Devices Explode

As is the case with any electronic device, batteries must be handled properly in order to ensure safety. According to FEMA, 80% of e-cigarette battery explosions happen during charging. In several of the reported instances the cause of the explosion is the use of an alternate charger (one that wasn’t sold with the battery), or from overcharging. The are also reports of vaping devices exploding or catching fire in the owner’s hand or pocket. Reports of this happening have occurred when lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries are used in the place of the more reliable lithium polymer (LiPo) option. Regardless of battery choice, all batteries need to be treated with care and properly maintained to ensure the battery’s safety and lifespan.

Electronic Cigarettes Cause Popcorn Lung

Obliterative Bronchiolitis, more commonly know as Popcorn Lung, is a rare and life-threatening form of non-reversible obstructive lung disease where the bronchioles are compressed and narrowed by scar tissue and/or inflammation. Popcorn Lung may be caused by the inhalation of an airborne diacetyl. Diacetyl is an organic compound that occurs naturally in alcoholic beverages and is added to some foods because of its buttery flavor. Diacetyl is in tobacco cigarettes and is, on average, 10 - 100 times higher than in e-liquid. Diacetyl is found in a small number of e-liquids but many liquids contain no diacetyl at all.

E-liquid Companies Market to Children with Fruit and Dessert Flavors

E-liquid companies have a variety of flavors in many categories that include but are not limited to fruits and desserts. E-liquids are also offered as tobacco, menthol, and cereal flavors. E-liquid, and all other tobacco products are not available for purchase by anyone under the legal smoking age in their respective jurisdiction. Adults are targeted in all of the marketing and only adults can legally obtain e-liquid. One great thing about being an adult is the ability to choose and make decisions for yourself. Adults drink milkshakes, eat berries and like sugary cereals. The variety and complex flavor profiles are created for them.

Vaping Makes Me Cough, Smoking Doesn’t

The first puff you took off of a tobacco cigarette most likely caused you to cough. The second puff you took off of a tobacco cigarette most likely caused you to cough. As did the third, the fourth and so on. Much like smoking tobacco cigarettes, vaping can take a little time to get used to. Most people do experience coughing when they begin vaping and it will subside within a few days.


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