Many false accusations and lies have been spread about the personal vaporizer, and without correct information consumers are unsure if the personal vaporizer (e-cigarette) is safe. Seven of the most common lies and misconceptions about the e-cigarette are: the e-liquid contains antifreeze, e-cigarettes explode and cause fires, e-liquid is a deadly poison because nicotine is a deadly poison, e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, e-cigarette flavors are targeting children, e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as tobacco, and e-cigarettes can be used anywhere you want. Consumers used to be able to use e-cigarettes in any public place but many cities and states have now banned e-cigarettes in any place where tobacco or cigarette smoking is banned.
The e-liquid in the e-cigarette contains propylene glycol, an ingredient that is also used in antifreeze. The acute oral toxicity of propylene glycol is very low, meaning that very large amounts of it are required to cause any health damages to humans. The food industry uses this chemical as well; it is also used in some dog foods to help preserve the moisture content. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is generally recognized as safe for use in food. To sum up the myth about propylene glycol, it is safe in small doses but can be toxic in large doses over a short period of time. Fortunately there are only small doses or propylene glycol in the personal vaporizer, making it safe for use by consumers. Does the e-cigarette contain antifreeze? False!
If I were to tell you that an e-cigarette has never exploded or caused a fire I would be a liar, but what I can tell you is that in any case where this has happened the e-cigarette has been either of very poor quality, very cheap and improperly charged, or more likely the user has modified it. The e-cigarettes are designed by professionals and like any other battery operated device, can be potentially dangerous if modified by the consumer. When using an e-cigarette it is very important to purchase one of good quality, not modify it, and use it only as directed. E-cigarettes are perfectly safe and you do not need to be concerned about them exploding or catching fire, just use them properly and do not tamper with them.
Yes it’s true, nicotine is a deadly poison. That means the e-liquid in my personal vaporizer is a deadly poison too then, right? As a matter of fact, that is not the case at all. The e-liquid does contain nicotine, and if a large amount is ingested it might be fatal in certain cases, but that is no different than any of your other everyday household products. Like those products, your e-liquid should be kept out of the reach of children and pets. If you mix your own e-liquid, you should be keeping high concentration nicotine under lock and key. The e-liquid is made up of propylene glycol, water, nicotine, and flavorings. These products are not dangerous, but do need to be used properly. Use your e-liquid and your e-cigarette properly, and you will have no issues.
Some critics have come out and said that the personal vaporizer is a “gateway” to smoking for non-smokers and children. First and foremost, there are absolutely no studies or research that have been done to prove this in any way, shape, or form. If you think about it, it really doesn’t even make sense. People aren’t starting to use vaporizers as a way to slowly start smoking, people do it because they enjoy it; it’s fun for most people. Getting a nicotine fix is only a small part of the reason that people are using the e-cig. Smokers that are quitting or attempting to quit use the e-cigarette as way to get their nicotine fix in a clean and enjoyable way. I can’t imagine anyone preferring putting a cigarette in their mouth to this. The majority of non-smokers that start using the personal vaporizer generally get the e-liquid that contains no nicotine whatsoever. E-cigarettes are not designed as a way to get people to smoke, they are an alternative for smokers, and a fun hobby for non-smokers, nothing more.
Just because the e-liquid for the personal vaporizer is available in good tasting, and enjoyable flavors they must be targeting children. What a ridiculous statement, one that yet again makes absolutely no sense. Are adults not allowed to enjoy themselves? A large portion of e-cigarette users are attempting to quit smoking, that’s already hard enough. Giving them a variety of flavors to choose from makes the experience at least a little bit more enjoyable. If the e-cig was a bland or bitter taste, potential quitters would be giving up a lot easier than they are. E-cigarettes are not for children, and under no circumstances should a child be using one, not even if a non-nicotine e-liquid is being used. All adults have special treats that remind them of their childhood and bring them comfort. Providing this in an e-liquid is very important and vital in the process of helping a smoker quit. Due to the fact that the e-cig does not contain anywhere near as much nicotine as a cigarette, it takes a lot of willpower to make the switch to the personal vaporizer. Providing a great tasting product that helps bring comfort to the user during a tough time is what the e-cig is doing.
Tobacco is very dangerous to your health, and it contains nicotine. The e-cig contains nicotine as well so does that mean that it is just as dangerous as tobacco? No! Again, there are absolutely no studies or research supporting these claims. E-cigs have been around for about 7 years and there is no evidence whatsoever that e-cigs do any harm to the human body. No one is saying that they are safer than breathing air, but to suggest that inhaling an e-cig is as damaging as inhaling a cigarette is just ridiculous. In fact, e-cigarettes are designed to do the complete opposite. If you switch from cigarettes to the personal vaporizer your risk suffering from a smoking related disease or illness decreases tremendously. Tobacco is very harmful, that much we know. E-cigarettes have not been out for very long so if they will have a long term effect on the human body, we won’t know for many more years. As of right now, they are perfectly safe, great tasting, and helping people quit smoking every day.
When the personal vaporizer was first released, consumers were able to use them as they pleased, anywhere they pleased. Unfortunately this is no longer the case. Due to a few rude people, and a lot of false, negative press, the e-cig is now banned in most cities and states wherever cigarettes are banned. Many misconceptions have been made about the e-cigarette since its release 7 years ago, and now consumers must only use their personal vaporizer in smoking sections when they are out in public. It was great while it lasted but unfortunately cities are taking a stand and not allowing e-cigs indoors anymore. Vaping is not for everyone so it is very important to respect others and be courteous when vaping in public.