Although e cigarettes have improved the lives of millions of people already, they can still be perceived as even more harmful than tobacco products or a gateway to smoking. The only way to dismiss these false claims is to learn as much as you possibly can to be able to distinguish fact from fiction, truth from propaganda.

The most important thing in being able to trust your products is by choosing your company wisely, and paying attention to how much information they give you.

Let's debunk some myths now! 

Myth: No one knows what's in e cigarettes and so they are dangerous.

All legitimate e liquid / e cigarette companies disclose what their e liquids contain which is usually a PG or VG base (used in food production), flavourings and nicotine in varying levels.

Myth: E-cigarettes are bad for you because nicotine is bad for you. Therefore, they are not much different than tobacco smoke.

While nicotine is very addictive, studies have shown its effects on the body to be minimal. The problem with traditional cigarettes is the additives, smoke and chemicals, not so much the nicotine.

Myth: Sweet flavors and flashy packaging are intended to specifically attract young people.

Ecigs are not made to appeal to children or underage people at all. You have to reach a certain age requirement to purchase electronic cigarettes (just as you would if you were purchasing tobacco products!). Exciting flavors and attractive packaging appeal to everyone, regardless of age. Adults like sweets too! 

Myth: People who are near ecig user suffer the same as tobacco passive smokers.

Vapour produced from vaping does not behave in the same way as tobacco smoke. There is no vapour produced from the device, until the user activates it by inhaling, so no “side stream vapor” is created and the vapour dissipates very quickly. In the event that a bystander would pass through the vapour, since it doesn’t contain the irritating toxins of tobacco smoke, it would likely be barely detectable beyond the faint scent of the flavor and only for a fleeting moment. 

Myth: E cigarettes are a gateway to smoking tobacco products.

The gateway hypothesis predicts that those who use “soft” products like e-cigs may go on to use “hard” products like traditional tobacco. However, no research to date has shown that e-cigs are a gateway to tobacco cigarettes or any other product. In almost all cases, observed data is more consistent with people using ecigs to stop smoking or to cut down.

Myth: E liquids contain anti-freeze. 

All sorts of substances are used for anti-freeze, including ethylene glycol; which is extremely toxic. However, this is not the substance used in eliquids. Liquids used in ecigs may contain PG, which is used in foods and medications and is generally recognised as saf. In addition, PG is sometimes used in anti-freeze but only as an ingredient to make it less toxic/harmful if anti-freeze were to be accidentally ingested!

Myth: E cigarettes will soon be illegal.

Now this is a funny one! Some places have tried to ban them, but as e-cigarettes become more mainstream and accepted, this is unlikely to happen. 

Myth: Electronic cigarettes cause cancer.

Tobacco cigarettes are proven to contain chemicals which cause cancer as well as a variety of other serious health concerns. E cigarettes are not. Ongoing research suggests that as e cigs don't contain any of the listed carcinogenic chemicals and ingredients known to cause cancer in tobacco smokers that this claim is simply not true.

Myth: Ecigs are less addictive than traditional cigarettes.

Maybe more addictive in the pleasurable sense and the convenience factors, but you will not crave the nicotine in electronic cigarettes any more than you did with tobacco.

Myth: E cigarettes are explosive.

Not true in general terms, unless you mess with the eliquid, use batteries not specified for your model or evidently ignore instructions. Always do your research and learn about e cigarette safety & handling and you will see that the vast majority of ecigs will not explode in your face if you are using them according to the manufacturer's directions.