In the grand scheme of things, vaping is a relatively new and exciting pursuit - and like anything fresh to the world, there is a certain amount of mysticism, as well as false truths surrounding the subject. We've even seen this give rise to the hashtag #vapelies on Twitter, Instagram, and elsewhere.

 

Vaping is versatile, sociable, interesting, and let's face it, a lot better smelling than smoking; it's also healthier (but we’ll talk more about that later).

 

Here at Shijin, we care about fact as much as we do about vaping, so without further ado, here are the most common vaping myths busted, for good:

 

E-liquids contain antifreeze

 

Despite its innovation and popularity, vaping has received a frosty reception from some. One of the most common and dare we say it, most crazy myths about vaping is that e-liquids contain elements of toxic anti-freeze. In short, they don't. One of the ingredients of most e-liquids is propylene glycol (PG); this is also an ingredient used in antifreeze, not anti-freeze itself. The funny thing is PG is added to antifreeze to make it less harmful. Oh, it's also used in hospitals to help keep areas sanitary. Myth busted.

 

Vaping increases your chances of catching pneumonia

 

In 2014, a report emerged suggesting that a man in Spain caught pneumonia as a result of vaping, and it worried lots of people. Years following the scaremongering report, new evidence has emerged contesting this fact, chiefly from the work of Professor Riccardo Polosa of the Institute for Internal Medicine & Clinical Immunology of the University of Catania. During many interviews, Prof Polosa has shut down the validity of the report, stating that based on his studies, he doesn't understand why vaping was incriminated by his colleagues.  Essentially, it's highly unlikely that vaping can cause pneumonia. Myth busted.

 

 Vaping is as bad as smoking cigarettes

People always like to pull this one out of the bag: vaping and cigarettes are as harmful as each other. The truth is, vaping is far less toxic than regular cigarettes and poses no risk to bystanders. Vaping is proven to be more effective than pharmaceutical products for smokers who are trying to quit. Cigarettes contain more than 2,000 chemicals, whereas e-cigarettes possess no more than six ingredients, and have been found to be no worse than drinking a cup of coffee. Myth busted.

 

Nicotine causes cancer

 

Perhaps a well-placed scare tactic, anti-vaping reports were issued stating that nicotine specifically causes cancer. In a nutshell, nicotine is not a carcinogen. Independent groups and government agencies have yet to discover a link between nicotine and cancer, which means that it is far more likely that the thousands of chemicals in cigarettes that cause the cancer. In fact, while it is addictive nicotine is about as harmful to your body as caffeine. Myth busted.

 

Vaping flavors and packaging are aimed at kids and teens

 

Just no. That's neither correct nor is it ethical. In a recent poll, 50% of vapers involved said that they use non-tobacco flavored juice and it is these deliciously sweet flavors that keep them from migrating back to smoking. Bright packaging, sweet tastes, and bright packaging is not only for kids. Myth busted.

 

 

Now that you’ve busted the myths, kick back, get comfy, fire up your best device, and enjoy a good old vaping session.