Here are the most quoted and wrong ideas about electronic cigarettes:
1. It’s water vapour
No….it’s not. Creating water vapour would mean boiling water, which e-cigs do not do. The majority of the vapour is made up of propylene glycol lesser amounts of other compounds such as glycerin, nicotine (if nicotine e-liquid is vaporized) and the make up of the flavoring. He is a study done on the second hand vapour produced from an electronic cigarette.
2. The FDA found cancer causing chemicals in e-cigarettes.
They found trace amounts of smoke TSNAs in some samples. They quantities they found pose no threat to human health. Detectable levels of TSNAs can also be found in nicotine gum. An analysis of the FDA testing on e-cigs can be found here.
3. E-Cigarettes are banned in Canada.
No, only e-cigarettes with cartridges that contain nicotine are banned. E-Cigarettes work just fine with no nicotine e-liquid.
4. Without nicotine, electronic cigarettes serve no purpose.
If smokers just wanted nicotine, then the nicotine gum would have 100% success rate helping smokers quit. But they don’t. So is it the action of smoking they want? Is it the “break” they get when they smoke? Whatever the answer is for each individual smoker; the e-cigarette does closely mimic the action of smoking…..with or without nicotine.
5. Flavored e-liquid and cartridges entice children to use e-cigarettes.
I suppose flavored vodka gets kids drinking? I doubt it. Kids don’t smoke or drink because it tastes good.
6. We just don’t know what’s in an electronic cigarette.
Yes we do. Many tests have been done. Click here for some e-cig testing. Or just know that e-liquid must contain a majority of propylene glycol and/or glycerin in order to work at all. The rest of the ingredients are water and optionally flavoring and nicotine.
If you hear of other misconceptions, drop us a note or leave a comment here and we will try to further curb the mass amount of mis-information about electronic cigarettes.