Five myths about electronic cigarettes that keep smokers reaching for the packet


Trying to stop smoking cigarettes is one of the hardest things to do. You might have tried seminars, read books, chewed, patched and even looked into hypnosis. With the rise in and greater availability of electronic cigarettes on the market, these often futile efforts to kick the habit are being matched by an alternative – a healthier, trendier one. ‘But is it really?’ you might ask yourself, and rightly so. The media overflows with information about electronic cigarettes and if you don’t come across something by chance, you Google it. Like ‘are electronic cigarettes a healthier alternative to smoking?’ Well, we thought we’d save you the hassle and look into some of the most common myths about e-cigs circulating the web, and debunk them, saving you time and getting you on the road to vaping.

Here are the top five myths debunked:

  1. The tobacco industry is taking over

The above-mentioned statement couldn’t be more misconstrued. The movement against the smoking of cigarettes has been a viscous and ongoing affair. And as a result, tobacco companies the world over are struggling, and have been for the past few years. While cigarettes will be around for quite some time, there has been a steady decrease in sales. According to data by global research company Euromonitor, seven of the ten top global cigarette market are in terminal decline. The data further indicates that these countries lost a combined 55 million sticks in 2013. Some of the main contributors for this decline include stricter regulations, higher taxation and discouraging packaging. Conversely, the Euromonitor also predicts the sale of electronic cigarettes to keep on rising, with sales worldwide expected to reach $51 billion by 2030.

  1. Electronic cigarettes are as addictive as tobacco cigarettes

Yes, nicotine is still an addictive substance, but not nearly as much as the tobacco found in regular cigarettes. The effect nicotine from e-cigs has on the human body has been proven to be minimal, as the nicotine found in high-quality e-liquids is freebase – a its pure, natural form. This means that when you smoke an electronic cigarette, the vapours inhaled contain the same form of nicotine found in patches and gum used in products help you quit smoking regular cigarettes. Traditional cigarettes contain many other additives and harmful chemicals that are much more addictive than nicotine. Some e-liquids contain no nicotine, and only deliver the flavour.

  1. E-Cigarettes are a fire hazard

An electronic cigarette makes use of a coil that heats up the e-liquid, turning it into vapour so there is no actual flame involved in the vaping process. The device is also charged and makes use of a battery, the same kind found in regular cell phones. Do you think that your iPhone 6 can start a fire? No. Most advanced e-cigarettes also automatically switch off after not being used for a certain time period. This makes it near-impossible for an electronic cigarette to start a fire. A traditional cigarette on the other hand, requires combustion to remains lit throughout the smoking process. While scientifically debatable, it is widely believed that cigarette butts are the cause of wildfires across the world.

  1. There’s been no research on e-cigarettes

Research around electronic cigarettes is increasing, and rapidly too. How else would we be able to debunk these myths? However, it is true that there is a lot more research available on tobacco cigarettes than e-cigarettes – simply because e-cigs haven’t been around as long. The e-cig as we know it has only been around for about a decade, while traditional cigarettes have been around for a hundred years. The internet abounds with (mostly positive) research about electronic cigarettes. Have a look at this website, which is dedicated to publishing all the latest research on e-cigs.

  1. E-Cigarettes contain antifreeze and other poisonous chemicals

The liquid used in e-cigarettes contains propylene glycol – an ingredient found in antifreeze that is not harmful, and as a matter a fact, makes antifreeze non-toxic. But antifreeze contains many other ingredients that can be considered toxic. Does that mean simply because e-liquid contains one element of antifreeze that it’s toxic? The answer is no. Aside from propylene glycol (which is the flavour carrier), high-quality e-liquid contains only three other ingredients: vegetable glycerine (that produces the vapour), the flavouring and nicotine.

We hope that you have gained some insight into the real facts behind e-cigarettes and vaping. At Vaper’s Corner we aim to not only educate people on the vaping culture, but also provide only the highest quality electronic cigarettes, liquids and accessories to ensure that your vaping journey is a pleasurable one. Order your perfect vape starter kit from us today, and we’ll ensure that it’s delivered to your doorstep overnight and free of charge. Vaper’s Corner – your partner in quality vaping.