Many myths surround vaping despite its increasing popularity. Lack of federal regulations meant we all had to rely on hearsay and couldn’t make informed decisions. If you’re new to vaping or want to try it for the first time but aren’t sure what’s real about the alternative to smoking and what’s fiction, read on.
E-cigs contain propylene glycol, which is an additive sometimes used in antifreeze to make the liquid less harmful if swallowed. However, it’s not used in the traditional green antifreeze – that’s ethylene glycol, which is highly toxic. Propylene glycol is recognized as safe by both the FDA and the EU, so it’s used in environmentally friendly antifreeze and airplane de-icing applications.
While nearly half of propylene glycol produced is used in commercial applications for manufacturing polyester resins, the PG used in ejuice is food grade. PG is commonly found in drinks and pharmaceuticals as a solvent.
Vegetable glycerin (or VG) is also commonly used in foods like restaurant scrambled eggs and pharmaceuticals like cough syrup.
The FDA finalized deeming regulations about e-cigarettes in May of 2015. Electronic cigarettes are currently classified as tobacco products, and will be fully limited by the administration in 2018 if the vape industry doesn’t lobby to soften the blow.
One of the main concerns of the FDA is the flavorings used in ejuices, all of which are recognized as safe to consume. The FDA wants to test the safety of heating, evaporating, and heating these substances to ensure the continued safety of the vape community.
As of now, the only known ingredient to have possible issues is diacetyl, which has been found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cause a rare lung disease dubbed “popcorn lung,” due to diacetyl’s use as an artificial butter flavoring.
Still, researchers have yet to determine a link between the levels found in certain e-juices (those with a buttery or creamy flavor) and the disease. It’s only been found in factory workers producing the flavoring and breathing in large, purse doses.
Vaping is actually a very eco-friendly practice, especially when compared to smoking. Everything from cigalikes to mechanical mods are battery-powered, and many are recyclable. The planet is littered by 4.5 trillion cigarette butts every year, with tobacco products also having a negative impact on air quality and marine life. They contribute to forest fires as well as burning valuable resources.
Nicotine isn’t what causes cancer. The carcinogens and tars created when tobacco and its preservatives are burned is what results in the disease. Tobacco tar contains thousands of destructive chemicals, including 70 known carcinogens.
E-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco and therefore neither create tar nor carcinogens
In addition, it’s important to understand not all ejuice contains nicotine, regardless of how the FDA classifies them. It’s a choice every vaper can make, and doses can be adjusted as needed. Many vapers prefer vaping 0-nicotine juices, as they wean themselves off the drug and habit of smoking. Others use PG and VG to dilute other substances to vape.
The opposite is true!
Many people turn to e-cigarettes as a way to wean themselves off smoking tobacco. Naysayers remark that the many e-juice flavors are how vaping companies market their products to young people, however studies indicate parents, peers, and stress levels are what influence tweens and teens, not advertising.
Prior to the advent of e-cigarettes, the only other forms of smokeless tobacco were chew and snuf. Both contributed to staining your teeth, worsening breath, and making a mess. E-cigarettes have been used by millions of smokers around the world to stop the habit, and if we’re wrong, then we’ll be wrong together.
Electronic cigarette use doesn’t involve combustion of any kind, which doesn’t result in secondhand smoke. They emit vapor instead, which dissipates quickly and features a much more pleasant scent than traditional cigarettes.
Still, any YouTube search or attendance of a cloud chasing competition clearly shows you that vape isn’t magically invisible. Cologne and perfume are pleasant smells, but nobody wants to be drowning in it.
Be conscious of when and where you vape. Nobody wants to be that vaping douchebag, and you certainly don’t want to end up in jail or with a fine over it. Vaping is treated like smoking in most localities around the world.
E-cig vapor is free from most of the 4,000 toxic chemicals found in tobacco products. The “trace amounts” of the chemicals contained in vapor have not yet been proven harmful and are found in much lower amounts than in traditional cigarettes.
Much like ayurvedic essential oils and hash oil, the nicotine used in ejuice is extracted from tobacco plants, leaving as pure of a concentrate as possible. If you’ve ever bought cannabis concentrate from a MMJ dispensary, you’ll see percentages from the low 70’s to 90’s listed.
This means 70 to 90% is THC, and it’s left this way because it’s consumed by itself and consistency matters. Since ejuice is a mixture of multiple ingredients, each one is 100% pure, making it much healthier than any other form of consuming drugs.
Not only have ejuices gotten a bad rap, so have ecigarettes themselves. Poorly manufactured mechanical mods, batteries, and vape pens have overheated and exploded, causing a huge media blitz that only quieted down when Samsung’s Note 7 started exploding too.
Any fan of Battlebots can tell you heat and electronics have never mixed well, and even delivery of the lithium ion batteries commonly used in ecigarettes, smartphones, laptops, and other consumer electronics is highly regulated.
There is a risk involved in vaping, just like there’s risk in everything else in life. You can’t even eat a salad without some consequence. There’s a small chance your vape pen will explode in your pocket. There’s also a chance you’ll be hit by a bus crossing a street, so you take the proper precautions and exercise common sense. Vaping is no different.
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