Vaping Education

Posted on 04 March 2019

We understand the public is bombarded with bad science on the topic of vaping, so we decided to take some time to clear some things up.

Below you will find a list of common myths associated with e-cigarette use and direct links to peer reviewed studies and medical journals.

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MYTH: Vaping is just as harmful as smoking

FACT: "Vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking"

RCP LONDON
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MYTH: Vaping doesn't help people quit smoking

FACT: "E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioral support."

NEJM
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MYTH: We don't know what it will do to your lungs!

FACT: "In a small sample of young-adult never-smoking, daily EC users who were carefully followed for approximately 3½ years, we found no decrements in spirometric indices, development of respiratory symptoms, changes in markers of lung inflammation in exhaled air or findings of early lung damage on HRCT, when compared with a carefully matched group of never-smoking non-EC users. Even the heaviest EC users failed to exhibit any evidence of emerging lung injury as reflected in these physiologic, clinical or inflammatory measures. Moreover, no changes were noted in blood pressure or heart rate. Since the EC users who we studied were never smokers, potential confounding by inhalation of combustion products of tobacco were obviated."

NATURE
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MYTH: Flavors are to entice children

FACT: "Adult frequent e-cigarette users in the USA who have completely switched from smoking cigarettes to using e-cigarettes are increasingly likely to have initiated e-cigarette use with non-tobacco flavors and to have transitioned from tobacco to non-tobacco flavors over time. Restricting access to non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors may discourage smokers from attempting to switch to e-cigarettes."

Harm Reduction Journal
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MYTH: Vaping impedes smoking cessation

FACT: "The substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level. These findings need to be weighed carefully in regulatory policy making regarding e-cigarettes and in planning tobacco control interventions."

BMJ
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MYTH: Electronic cigarettes contain formaldehyde

FACT: "The high levels of formaldehyde emissions that were reported in a previous study were caused by unrealistic use conditions that create the unpleasant taste of dry puffs to e-cigarette users and are thus avoided."

Science Direct

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MYTH: Vaping is a gateway to smoking

FACT: "Prospective studies – the only evidence that e-cigarette use might lead to smoking – do not yet persuade
that e-cigarettes are a substantial causal gateway to cigarettes. At best, they support that a minority of the relatively small number of e-cigarette triers – who haven’t also been experimenting with other tobacco products already – will go on to some experimentation with cigarettes."

Buffalo EDU PDF

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MYTH: Switching to vaping doesn't improve health of former smokers

FACT: "Given that many COPD patients continue smoking despite their symptoms, the electronic cigarette could be an effective and safe alternative to the tobacco cigarettes also in this vulnerable population."

Dove Press

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MYTH: Vaping causes popcorn lung

FACT: "In conclusion, the article is creating false impressions and exaggerates the potential risk from diacetyl and acetyl propionyl exposure through e-cigarettes. They failed to mention that these chemicals are present in tobacco cigarette smoke and violated a classical toxicological principle that the amount determines the toxicity and the risk."

E Cig Research

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MYTH: Vaping contains toxic metals

FACT: "The results of our risk assessment analysis clearly show that exposure to metals from e-cigarettes is not expected to be of significant health concern for smokers who switch to e-cigarette use. "

E Cig Research
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Huge shout out and credit to the New England Vapor Technology Association for compiling this data and helping us share it with the world!

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