It is not always easy to detect the true of the false concerning the information circulating on the electronic cigarette. While some myths about vaporization are tenacious, it is important to put the truth back at the heart of the debate. Here are five of the biggest myths about the electronic cigarette. In this article, we will clarify the most common myths and stories about e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes can explode
In fact, in the past, some stories of people who were seriously injured by the explosion of electronic cigarettes have been brought to the public’s attention. The media will certainly be impressed, as electronic cigarettes are powered by standard lithium-ion batteries, which are also used in all the other electronic devices we use every day. The standard batteries are equipped with a protection mechanism against total discharge or overcharge. What the media conceals is the fact that the explosions in every known case are the result of improper modification of a battery holder. Unprotected batteries have been used and connected in series several times. This led to a malfunction of the weakest battery and eventually to outgassing. The escaping gas entered the closed container of the battery holder and caused an explosion due to overpressure. The explosions were therefore the result of improper use. Conventional e-cigarettes and the use of a single battery in a battery holder therefore present the same risk as the explosion of a laptop, an electric toothbrush or a digital camera.
Nicotine is carcinogenic and addictive
Until now, nicotine has always been associated with numerous carcinogens, i.e. substances that are carcinogenic or promote the combustion of a cigarette. However, nicotine itself is not carcinogenic, and therefore not carcinogenic in itself. Due to the many harmful substances and countless chemical compounds, an individual comparison from the point of view of health and addictive behavior is not permitted. Studies have also shown that nicotine shows its effects only in combination with other tobacco substances. This is also shown by the controversial opinions on nicotine replacement products. Only a very small percentage of smokers manage to remain smoke-free after a long period of time, about a year, thanks to these preparations, about 3ll of those who try, however, they do not offer long-term protection. The chef plays the decisive role, pure nicotine, without the combination with fortifiers, has little addictive potential. Even the European Commission is aware of this.
Not enough studies have been done yet
Media articles highlighting the harmfulness of e-cigarettes repeatedly state that there are still not enough studies to prove empirically that e-cigarettes are harmless to the consumer. This is of course absurd, in the last ten years, and especially in the last five years, repeated studies have been carried out by renowned scientists and independent research institutes, not all of which come to the conclusion that electronic cigarettes are very harmful. Secondly, some studies have simply not been conducted properly and therefore cannot provide representative results. For example, the publishers of one study claim to have proven the release of carcinogenic formaldehyde in that study. The researchers used a single e-cigarette as the test object. At a voltage of 3.3 volts, no significant formaldehyde values were found, while at 5 volts, a sudden release was observed. Incorrect application is very evident here, most likely the heating coil was overheated. The renowned Fraunhofer Institute was able to refute the claim of formaldehyde release in a study. There are now several hundred or even more than 1,000 studies on the health effects of electronic cigarettes, here is a nice overview. The problem is therefore not to be able to choose from a mass of studies, but to select those that correspond to the image of the person who embodies certain interests.
Passive steam is harmful
First of all, it must be proven that the active vapor, i.e. direct inhalation, is harmful in itself. Studies have shown that the vapor in e-cigarettes does not contain any harmful substances. The only exception to this rule is nicotine, which is, however, contained in such a small quantity that it probably does not even reach the passive vaporizer. This is partly due to the fact that the nicotine content emitted is 85% lower than that of conventional cigarettes, and partly due to the fact that about 98% of the nicotine remains in the lungs of the steamer: source. In this respect, people need not fear that oxides of nitrogen, acetaldehyde, nitrosamines, hydrocarbons, heavy metals or other chemical compounds that are very dangerous to health will reach their own bodies. Here you can learn more about passive steam.
Electronic cigarettes cannot replace tobacco cigarettes
For many smokers, cigarettes are an elixir of life, a reward for the daily stages of life. In certain situations, the tobacco cigarette is indispensable, after an exhausting meeting with a client, a finished job or after lunch. While withdrawal symptoms due to physical dependence subside after only a few days, it is mainly psychological dependence that is of great concern to the consumer and poses a particular challenge when it comes to quitting smoking. An e-cigarette can compensate for the physical addiction, but not the psychological addiction, at least to a limited extent, because it is something completely different to hold an electronic cigarette in one’s hand than a tobacco cigarette. This starts not only with the fact that the absorption of nicotine is much slower with an e-cigarette, but it is the simple situations of everyday life that do not make it the same. It is not for nothing that you hear the statement again and again: it is simply not the same, it is not and cannot be the same either. An e-cigarette can very well replace tobacco cigarettes, but it requires a change of mind on the part of the consumer. The consumer has to get involved, whoever overcomes the inner bastard for a few weeks usually manages the change.