E-cigarettes have continued to grow in popularity among the general public. They’re commonly utilized in social settings and by people who are trying to quit smoking. Yet, the vape industry is filled with lies and misleading information. It’s time to clear the air and set the facts straight regarding these battery-powered devices. Here are some of the most notorious vaping myths, along with the scientific proof that disproves the lies.
With all the fruity and candy e-liquid flavorings available on the market, a common debate is that e-cigarettes are marketed towards kids and young adults. However, repeated research have shown only a slight increase among people who don’t smoke, including young adults. Even more, evidence shows smoking rates continue to decline among young people.
Furthermore, many individuals think that e-cigarettes can be obtained by children easily. However, multiple jurisdictions have very strict policies and severe punishments governing the advertising and selling to those judged below the legally allowed age. In December 2019, Congress passed — and the president approved — a federal Tobacco 21 law. It is now illegal for any retailer to sell tobacco products — including e-cigarettes — to anyone under the age of 21.
Another myth the general public seems to believe is that e-cigarettes are not governed and regulated. But, these devices are, in fact, policed by the Food and Drug Administration. E-cigarettes currently available on the market are forced to include a warning label declaring that they include nicotine, and their makers must submit ingredient lists to the FDA.
To learn more about common vaping myths, see the accompanying infographic.