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According to a Reuters poll, a growing number of Americans believe that vaping is as unhealthy as smoking. Photo by Koke Mayayo (TheVisualKiller) on Unsplash

It seems that vaping isn't as hot these days. As authorities have blamed the recent rash of lung injuries and deaths on products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the use of nicotine-based e-cigarettes such as Juul has skyrocketed.

Once only popular among a handful of people, vaping has now become a trend in pop culture. It was even named "word of the year" by Oxford Dictionaries for 2014.

In response to this increase in popularity, states including Michigan are initiating bans on flavored vape products or all e-cigs altogether to save children from running into trouble with drugs later down the road.

To dispel all this misinformation about vaping and vaping industries, here are the top 5 myths associated with the industry.

  • Vaping Isn't Regulated

The vaping industry is not going unnoticed, with some experts and activists urging government action to regulate e-cigarettes. "We must not stand by while e-cigarette use continues to go unregulated," according to the president of the American Medical Association in a recent statement. The Kansas state health official also urged people to know what's inside these products since they are currently unmonitored.

But contrary to the erroneous notions, vaping is currently under the Food and Drug Administration's regulation. Vape products sold in vape stores had to abide by the rules and guidelines of the FDA when a legislative ruling granted the FDA regulatory control in 2016. That's why it's better to purchase products from the best vape shop in Charlotte, Nevada, and several other cities in the US.

Vaping industry is not going unnoticed, with some experts and activists urging government action to regulate e-cigarettes. Photo by Elsa Donald on Unsplash

  • Vaping Causes As Much Harm As Traditional Cigarettes

According to a Reuters poll, a growing number of Americans believe that vaping is as unhealthy as smoking. This impression might be reinforced by the actions of retailers like Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, and Kroger, which have halted sales while continuing to sell traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. The New York Post warned that "Vaping might be more dangerous than smoking" in reporting on a 2018 study published by the American Journal of Physiology.

That study's investigators, though, observed that their data "aligned with the evidence of the less toxic effect of e-cig vapor compared with tobacco smoke." What does this mean? E-cigarettes do have some side effects, but they virtually spare users exposure to carbon monoxide, tar, and about 7000 chemicals that account for cigarettes' lethality.

  • It Results in 'Popcorn Lung'

The notion of e-cigarettes causing "popcorn lung" originates from a 2016 Harvard study where researchers detected diacetyl in samples. Popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a rare condition that can cause irreversible airway obstruction, resulting from severe damage to the bronchioles.

The association between this disease and e-cigarette use has been questioned because of conflicting information in recent studies. However, other organizations such as the American Lung Association have not hesitated to emphasize this connection in a published article known as "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Furthermore, the Harvard researchers did not explicitly link e-cigarette use with popcorn lung. However, there may still be significant respiratory risks for those who regularly inhale chemicals from flavorings like diacetyl.

  • E-cigs Aren't Alternatives to Smoking

In America, it's become commonplace for smokers to use e-cigarettes to quit. However, by the National Cancer Institute suggests that people use other FDA-approved methods of quitting instead of vaping devices. The smoke-termination website of California didn't spare any words when it wrote, "E-Cigarettes: Not a Quit Tool!"

In contrast to the US, in Britain, nearly 900 smokers joined in a recent randomized trial looking at the effectiveness of e-cigarettes compared with other nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum.

One year later, 18% of former e-cigarette smokers were no longer active users (compared to 10% for people who aren't e-cig users), suggesting that it may be an effective way to quit smoking altogether.

The smoke-termination website of California didn't spare any words when it wrote, "E-Cigarettes: Not a Quit Tool!". Photo by Elsa Donald on Unsplash

  • Vaping Devices Are Smoking Gateways

After the FDA put out a video featuring magician Julius Dein transforming an e-cigarette into a cigarette, many publications made claims that there was, in fact, a "gateway" effect. The latest study to back up this theory found that teens who vape are five times as likely to try cigarettes than those who don't use either product.

Despite their rigor, studies cannot fully account for "common liability." The idea is that certain people are simply more likely than others to engage in risky behaviors. Some youth may have tried smoking anyway; they just happened to use e-cigarettes first. Despite this fact, experts can't help but question whether or not vaping has a different effect on kids who already smoke cigarettes and those who don't.

Vaping Devices Are Smoking Gateways. Photo by Jonathan Cooper on Unsplash

With all the misinformation, it can be hard to know what is true about vaping and what isn't. That's why we've set out these top five myths to dispel the mystery and clear the air about vaping so that you have a better understanding of how this industry works.

Hopefully, this list helps you clear any fears you may have had about vaping and vape products. If not, let us know in the comments below. Or do you know of any other misconceptions? Let's talk in the comments section.

Keywords: Vaping, e-cigarettes, vape products, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), nicotine


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