As people realize the dangers associated with traditional smoking, there is a shift towards the safer option of electronic cigarettes. The popularity of e-cigarettes has continued to grow and this is not going down well especially with manufacturers of tobacco cigarettes.
Something that started a few years ago has now grown and while tobacco smoking is reducing, electronic cigarette smoking is on the increase. It is not unusual then that with the popularity there is also a lot of misinformation. Critics are spreading wrong information that they claim is true and it is important to debunk some of these myths.
- E-cigarettes can cause cancer
This is one of the most popular myths out there and it is important to set the facts straight. Contrary to some opinion, it is not the nicotine in cigarettes that causes cancer but the chemicals in the tobacco. Critics argue that because of the nicotine in the e-cigs, there are just a bad. The fact is that when you smoke a traditional tobacco cigarette, you release harmful toxins into the body every time you light up.
The 4000 toxins in tobacco that include carbon monoxide, tar, lead and arsenic, are inhaled into the lungs causing the cancer. Nicotine on the other hand can be placed in the same category as regular coffee in terms of being dangerous for you.
- E-cigarettes are manufactured in unsanitary conditions
People who have no idea how the devices are manufactured have bandied about this opinion. The truth is that there are many manufacturers in the industry and most of them work in environments that are both safe and sanitary. The factories are run professionally and the manufactures are required to adhere to set standards before getting certification to manufacture and sell the products.
The certifications are strict and as long as you buy products from a reputable manufacturer, you can be sure of getting quality. However, just like with all products in the market, there may be unscrupulous people involved in the business but this is no reason to tarnish the entire industry. Reputable distributors know that it is in their best interests to follow strict health and safety policies to make sure that their products do not contain contaminants.
- E-cigarettes have a negative effect on non-smokers
It is obvious that critics are really stretching when they make statements like this. It is a well-known fact that the reason non-smokers are affected by traditional cigarettes is that they are exposed to the smoke. E-cigs do not produce smoke so this blows the argument out of the water. The critics also argue that non-smokers are encouraged to pick up the smoking habit due to the popularity of e-cigs. Frankly, it is ridiculous to assume that you can control the choices that people make.
E-cigs are marketed to people trying to quit traditional smoking and it is working quite effectively. Anything that can encourage people to quit a habit that is known to have dire health consequences should be welcome. The argument used is like saying that non-smokers will decide to start using nicotine gum, lozenges, sprays and other products just because they are available.
- The additives used in the devices are unsafe
This is another popular myth that simply does not hold any water. The additives in the e-juice are made from propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin. These are products that have been used widely in foods, medications and other products. The products have been tested extensively to find out if they are toxic to humans but they have been found to be safe.
The research is readily available out there and it is clear that those who hold this view have not bothered to check the facts. The fact is that there are more harmful additives in processed foods than in the e-cigarette additives.
When following the information available about the products, it is important to remember that there are people with special interests who are out to fight against the threat to their profit margins. It is important to do your homework so that you can learn how to separate truth from fiction. Those who say that e-cigarettes are not safer than tobacco products are simply lying. Tobacco smoking is one of the worst habits out there and anything that can help people to quit should be encouraged.
Jay is a health blogger who has written several articles about the harmful effects of tobacco smoking. He is also an e-cigarette enthusiast who offers advice on how e cigarettes work and the numerous vaping options available.