Today we are going to be talking about the most important misconceptions about vaping. For about three years now I have heard countless claims and stories from people about vaping, now today we are going to actually dive a little bit deeper into these topics.
The Classic Formaldehyde Debate
Back in 2015, a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine stating that e-cigarettes and vapes actually output more formaldehyde than traditional cigarettes. Now upon looking further into the study at a 3.3 volt output on the e-cigarette that they were using them actually didn’t find any traces of formaldehyde but it was when they bumped the voltage from 3.3 volts up to 5 volts on that same device this is where they found formaldehyde levels more than 10 times that of normal cigarettes. On the surface this sounds pretty bad but let’s actually dive a little deeper; the conditions used in this study are pretty unrealistic in the sense that you would have to crank your wattage way higher than it would be tolerable to vape at the 5 volts in their test this would have caused the coil to instantly burn out and your coil will actually start deteriorating which would cause one of you worse dry hits ever known to man. At this point the coil isn’t vaping it’s burning in short in order to find traces of formaldehyde in a vape you would have to repeatedly vape and extremely burnt coil which leaves this theory debunked.
A Liquid Contains Antifreeze
I have heard this so many times now where this common misconception came from is one of the four main ingredients in a liquid is propylene glycol which is also found in certain types of antifreeze. Now propylene glycol is actually widely used in everyday items such as foods drinks and a plethora of other things. Propylene glycol is also used in asthma inhalers and there are no studies proving that propylene glycol itself is toxic or harmful to people. So someone walks up to you and says that you are ingesting antifreeze just politely tell them that they probably are as well.
We Don’t Know What is in a Liquid
A liquid contains three with an optional force, the three main ingredients is propylene glycol which is what we just talked about, then we have vegetable glycerin which acts as a base for your e-liquid and all of your necessary flavorings and the optional fourth ingredient is nicotine. Whether you choose to get it with or without the argument of we don’t know what is in a liquid you should understand that their toxicity level is extremely low.
Exploding vapes mostly boils down to user error, this is simply because about 90% of the vapors that we find on the market use a battery called an 18 650 battery. Now, these batteries are also used in laptops, flashlights and even in Tesla cars. All of these batteries are prone to overheating when mishandled. This is why we can’t stress enough the need to learn proper battery safety when diving into these products.
Secondhand Vapor is Toxic
We all know that secondhand smoke is almost or just as bad as actually smoking a cigarette, but where does vaping stand on the spectrum? Well there are actually numerous studies’ stating that vaping is 95 percent cleaner and safer than traditional cigarettes but where we can actually start comparing is the harmful pollutants between vaping and ambient air. A sudden regulatory toxicology and pharmacology tested vapor from a vape for eight different harmful or potentially harmful pollutants compared to ambient air the test concluded with vapor having 0.17 milligrams of harmful pollutants as compared to ambient air having 0.16 milligrams. Traditional cigarettes obviously took the top place with 30.6 milligrams in the air. In short vaping is almost as safe as ambient air but with that being said you still want to be respectful to everyone around you.
It is very important you know some of the most important misconceptions about vaping because you would deduce from the above points that vaping is not as harmful as smoking cigarettes.