There are a lot of myths going around about vaping. Let us clear the air for you.

Myth

Vaping is a healthy alternative to cigarettes.

Fact

Vape e-juice may contain nicotine, chemicals that cause cancer, and can lead to health problems including wheezing, coughing, sinus infections, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and asthma.1

Myth

Vaping has nothing to do with smoking regular cigarettes.

Fact

Young people who took up vaping were more than four times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes a year later, according to one study.2

Myth

It’s just harmless water vapor.

Fact

It’s not harmless, and it’s not just water vapor. It may contain toxins, potentially cancerous agents and dangerous chemicals like diacetyl, which is known to cause a potentially fatal lung disease called popcorn lung. It most often contains a combination of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings and nicotine.3 4

Myth

Vapes don’t contain nicotine.

Fact

A 2015 study found that 99 percent of e-cigarettes sold in U.S. convenience stores, supermarkets, and similar outlets contained nicotine, the same highly addictive substance that is found in regular cigarettes.5

It’s worth noting that 100 percent of JUULs – teens’ top choice for vaping devices – contain nicotine. And each JUUL pod contains the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes.

References
1. More evidence that e-cigs cause asthma on top of the effects of smoking cigs. University of California San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control and Education. Retrieved from https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/more-evidence-e-cigs-cause-asthma-top-effects-smoking-cigs
2. E-cigarette use as a predictor of cigarette smoking: results from a 1-year follow-up of a national sample of 12th grade students. Retrieved from http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2017/01/04/tobaccocontrol-2016-053291?papetoc
3. Farsalinos KE, Kistler KA, Gillman G, Voudris V., Evaluation of Electronic Cigarette Liquids and Aerosol for the Presence of Selected Inhalation Toxins. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014; 17:168-74.
4. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Key Facts; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://chronicdata.cdc.gov/Policy/Electronic-Nicotine-Delivery-Systems-Key-Facts-Inf/nwhw-m4ki/data
5. Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products: United States, 2015. American Journal of Public Health. Retrieved from http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303660?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&