4 Myths Associated With Electronic Cigarettes . . . And Why They Simply Aren’t True


You may have seen ads on television and online showing electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, but aren’t sure if they’re as effective as or safer than traditional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes have been available for several years. People are discovering they’re a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes or a great way to gradually kick the habit. However, there are still several popular myths concerning electronic cigarettes floating around. Here are five of the most pervasive myths and why they are false.

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E-Cigarettes Contain Anti-Freeze

A United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report concluded electronic cigarettes were dangerous for a simple reason: They contained unverifiable amounts of diethylene glycol, a main ingredient in the antifreeze used to cool cars. However, this claim was investigated by a number of independent laboratories and determined to be false. It’s believed the sample or samples provided and analyzed by the FDA were contaminated, thus making this claim ungrounded. Look at this from another way: Would electronic cigarettes be available if this claim were true? The simple answer to that is “no.” If it were true, millions of people would have been sickened from exposure to diethylene glycol, which results in dizziness, nausea, disorientation and vomiting.

Electronic Cigarettes Are Marketed to Kids

You’ll notice the packaging of electronic cigarettes, like the majority of products on the shelves, is flashy, bright and appealing. The cartridges, which contain liquid nicotine, are available in various flavors, including peppermint, strawberry or chocolate. For these two reasons, a rumor spread that e-cigarette manufacturers were expressly and purposefully marketing their products to entice children and teenagers to smoke. This is incorrect and a potentially dangerous accusation. Electronic cigarettes are intended for use by adults over the age of 18. The reason the majority of electronic cigarette manufacturers offer a variety of nicotine cartridge flavors is simple: Their adult consumers asked for them. Electronic cigarettes are marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and as a smoking-cessation aid. This would indicate they are marketed to active, adult smokers.

Electronic Cigarettes Are an Ineffective Way to Quit Smoking

If you want to kick the habit completely, the best method is to use the patch, gum, lozenges or ask your doctor for a prescription, right? Electronic cigarettes are safer, but they won’t help you quit smoking, right? In actuality, electronic cigarettes are a highly effective smoking-cessation tool. It’s possible to purchase e-cigarette nicotine cartridges in a variety of strengths. You can begin kicking the habit by smoking a stronger concentration of nicotine. Over the preceding weeks or months, the concentration in the cartridges is lessened. Eventually, you’ll begin to intake so little nicotine you’re able to put down cigarettes, electronic or traditional, for good.

Electronic Cigarettes Emit Dangerous Vapor

It’s well-documented that a lit traditional cigarette produces dangerous and carcinogenic secondhand smoke. This secondhand smoke lingers in the air for several seconds and can travel for a great distance. Because electronic and traditional cigarettes both contain nicotine, many people have spread an unfounded rumor that e-cigarette vapor is as dangerous as secondhand smoke. In actuality, the vapor produced after inhaling an electronic cigarette is odorless and dissipates rapidly. The fleeting odor aside, there is little to no effect on anyone around you if you decide to enjoy an electronic cigarette.

It’s unfortunate, but there are a number of pervasive myths and untruths surrounding electronic cigarettes. These generally are created from a lack of information or preconceived notions because the word “cigarette” is in the title. Before believing the unfounded hype, do research and you’ll find e-cigarettes are a safer, effective and in most cases, cheaper alternative to traditional cigarettes.


About the Author: Henry Chase is a successful blogger and author. Henry is currently striving to inform the public about the misconceptions surrounding electronic cigarettes and why they are unfounded.