Recently it was reported in The Daily Telegraph that the European Union is planning to impose stricter bans on electronic cigarettes, treating them as a tobacco product and believing that they are a “gateway product” to conventional cigarettes for non-smokers. This myth is just one of the many we at Cloudstix hear about on a regular basis, which advocates the alleged dangers and risks of using e-cigarettes which don’t take into account the vast amounts of research conducted by professionals which state otherwise. Using objective reports and research, here are four e-cigarette myths popular amongst anti-e-cig campaigners which do not present all the facts to their audience:
Myth #1: They’re being used by children
A recent study published by the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) organisation confirmed that among children regular use of e-cigarettes is extremely rare, where only 1 in 20 11-15 year olds had tried them and only 1 in 100 16-18 year olds used them more than once a week. Not only does this disapprove the notion that they cause nicotine addiction due to their sporadic use, but it also goes against recent newspaper reports that children are using them in increasing numbers due to their range of flavours.
Myth #2: They’re harmful to the atmosphere
Unlike traditional tobacco cigarettes, e-cigs deliver nicotine by heating up e cigarette liquid without producing any hazardous gases which are dangerous and carcinogenic. Not only does this benefit the environment, but this is why they are safe to be used indoors as they produce no passive smoke through combustion, producing instead a vapour which dissipates into the air which has been proven to contribute considerably less indoor air pollution than their tobacco counterparts.
Myth #3: They contain anti-freeze
In 2009 the FDA issued a press release stating that electronic cigarettes contained diethylene glycol, an ingredient in anti-freeze. What they didn’t mention is that only one out of 18 cartridges tested contained 1% diethylene glycol, with the other 17 failing to contain the substance which is often used in anti-freeze in order to make it non-toxic and less harmful if accidently swallowed. Diethylene glycol is not considered a standard ingredient in e-cigs, but if discovered it’s commonly in the form of propylene glycol, which is safe to consume, tasteless and commonly found in food products and cosmetics.
Myth #4: They encourage non-smokers to smoke
In an ASH report conducted in May 2013, it was discovered that e-cigarette usage amongst those who have never smoked before was 0%. Using over 12,000 adult responses, this demonstrates that whilst awareness is widespread, it’s only current and ex-smokers who primarily consume the product. The sweet flavours of E Juice are cited as a major reason why non-smokers might be tempted, but these flavours only account of a small amount of global sales, with the most popular flavours being based on tobacco brands like Camel and Marlborough.by