Ecigs are growing in popularity, that’s no news flash. But as the vaping industry continues to attract more mainstream media attention, it leaves users with some confusion about ecig facts vs fiction. Let’s debunk some ecig myths and set the record straight.
Here are 8 cool ecig facts you didn’t know about vaping:
- The First Ever Vaper was invented in the 1960s: According to CigElectric, “In 1963, Herbert A. Gilbert patented a device described as ‘a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette.’ The device heated a nicotine liquid and produced vapor. He was approached by various businesses that were interested in manufacturing the device, but it never happened; and this firstelectronic cigarette disappeared from public record in 1967.”
- There is no smoke involved: Nothing burns and no smoke is produced when you inhale an ecig. When you take a hit on your ecig, vapor fills your mouth, you hold it for a few seconds, and exhale. You do not have to inhale the vapor into your lungs. Nicotine is absorbed through the mucus membranes in your mouth and nose.
- Second-hand exposure to vapor has no health risks: A recent study by French scientists found that vapor from ecigs dissolves within 11 seconds, drawing the conclusion that exposure to second hand ecig vapor poses no risk to the public.
- On average, ecigs are cheaper than smoking cigarettes: The average yearly cost for a pack-a-day smoker is about $3650 ($10/pack x 365 days a year = $3650 per year), whereas the estimated cost of a starter kit and one-year supply of ecig supplies is about $600-$700. Also, a single ecigarette cartridge lasts close to 40 times longer than a regular cigarette, giving you more bang for your buck.
- The concentration of nicotine in traditional cigarettes is 10 times higher than in ecigarettes: “A recent study published in the Oxford Journals’ Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal showed that while both regular cigarette smoke and electronic cigarette vapor contain nicotine, the concentration in traditional cigarettes is 10 times higher than in e-cigarettes. Additionally, the study found that ecig vapor did not contain many of the toxic products found in regular cigarette smoke,” says Clarence Wurley.
- Eliquid ingredients are not a mystery: Eliquid ingredients are openly discussed. They are included in product descriptions and the information is widely available online by ejuice producers and retailers.
- Ecigarettes have been studied extensively: Some say about vaping, “But we don’t have enough data yet.” Simply not true. Vaping has been studied extensively by scientists, major universities and consumer groups for many years and there is plenty of information available to the public.
- The industry has started self-regulating: Previously, there were no regulations in the ecig industry. Today, the effort to make strides toward industry-wide regulations continues. So far, self-regulations include packaging with warnings and child resistant caps, and eliquids are now being developed in sterile lab settings.