The demand for electronic cigarettes continues to rise among the general public. These devices are generally used in social settings and by people who are trying to quit smoking regular cigarettes. Yet, the vape industry is plagued with inaccuracies and misleading information. It’s time to clear the air surrounding these battery-powered devices. Here are some of the most infamous and well-known vaping myths, along with the scientific proof that exposes the myths.
With all the e-liquid flavorings available for purchase that taste like candy or fruit, a concern is that vapes are marketing directly to children and adolescents. However, multiple studies have revealed only a minuscule rise among people who don’t already smoke, including teens. Also, data explains that smoking rates continue to decline among young people.
Another lie many people believe is that e-cigarettes can be acquired by children effortlessly. Even though most jurisdictions have notably strict laws and harsh penalties governing the marketing and selling to those under the legally permitted age. In December 2019, Congress passed — and the president approved — a federal Tobacco 21 law. It is now unlawful for any business to sell tobacco products — including vapes — to anyone under the age of 21.
An additional myth the public appears to trust is that e-cigarettes are not controlled and regulated. But, these products are, in fact, monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. Vapes available for purchase currently are obligated to include a warning label indicating that they contain nicotine, and their producers must submit ingredient lists to the FDA.
To learn more about common vaping myths, see the accompanying infographic.