The Top 10 Most Common Questions About Vaping
E-cigarettes and vaping have been popular for a couple of years now, but there are still misconceptions about vaping. Many people still don't know what vaping is or if it is less dangerous than cigarettes. That’s why we decided to create this blog to address and answer some of the most common questions people have about vaping. So let’s start with the most obvious question, what exactly is vaping?
Table of Contents
- What is vaping?
- Is vaping safer than smoking cigarettes?
- Are there any chemicals in e-liquid?
- Is nicotine dangerous?
- Can you vape without nicotine?
- What are the side effects of vaping?
- Can a vape blow up?
- Can you smoke cigarettes and vape at the same time?
- Can I affect people around me with second-hand vaping?
- Is vaping cheaper than smoking?
What is vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette. This vapor is created by heating a substance known as e-liquid that contains nicotine to the point of evaporation but not combustion. Although when people refer to vaping, they mostly refer to vaping nicotine e-liquid, you can also vape THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that produces the “high” sensation. Still, vaping THC and vaping nicotine e-liquid are two completely different experiences.
Is vaping Safer than smoking cigarettes?
Yes, vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes. Since tobacco does not burn, people who vape avoid ingesting tar, ash, and carbon monoxide. According to the FDA, cigarettes also have 7,000 chemicals, while e-liquid only has four ingredients: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, natural flavorings, and nicotine.
In February 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that there was a national outbreak of what it called an e-cigarette, or vaping, product-use associated lung injury or “EVALI.” The CDC went on to say that at least 2,807 people became victims of EVALI and that 68 people in the United States died because of vaping, but this was incorrect.
It was later discovered that the injuries’ cause was not because of any nicotine vaping products but illicit THC cartridges that had been illegally and knowingly purchased by the victims of this so-called “EVALI” outbreak.
Even after discovering the real cause of the outbreak, the CDC continued using the term e-cigarettes without distinguishing that vaping THC and vaping nicotine e-liquid were two completely different things.
This event tainted the reputation of nicotine vaping. To this day, the general public blames nicotine vaping for the deaths caused by THC illicit cartridges that contained Vitamin E acetate.
Are there any chemicals in e-liquid?
Some studies have claimed that under high temperatures, e-cigarettes can create dangerous chemicals. However, these studies do not consider that the vapor's smell becomes acrid and intolerable when vaping under these conditions, making the users stop vaping and switch their coil and wicking material (the parts of the vape containing e-liquid).
Is nicotine dangerous?
Nicotine by itself does not cause illnesses like heart disease or cancer, but it is addicting. Although you can’t overdose on nicotine, you might experience some side effects if you inhale too much of it. Side effects like nausea and lightheadedness are the most common, but these are only temporary.
Can you vape without nicotine?
Yes, you can buy e-liquid with zero nicotine. You can choose from many different nicotine strengths when buying e-juices. This formula is so vapers can gradually lower their nicotine intake over time and not quit cold turkey.
What are the side effects of vaping?
Short-term side effects, depending on the type of vape and e-liquid you use, could range from mild coughing, dry mouth, shortness of breath, mouth and throat irritation, and small headaches. But these symptoms are only temporary and eventually pass away. There are not yet sufficient studies about the long-term side effects of vaping.
Can A Vape Blow Up?
Just like with any other electronic device, you need to exercise careful battery safety. Buy your batteries from reputable sources (Sony, Samsung, LG) and use the right chargers. Although some reported fires have been reported due to battery malfunction, there are usually because the owner did not practice proper battery safety. The devices that misfire (called box mods and mech mods) are generally catered to advanced vapers and not to complete beginners who mostly likely end up using pod systems like the JUUL e-cigarette.
Can you smoke cigarettes and vape at the same time?
It is possible to vape and smoke cigarettes at the same time, although it is not recommended. This behavior is often seen with brand new vapers trying to quit cigarettes, which might find that the nicotine level in their e-liquids is not strong enough.
Can I affect people around me with second-hand vaping?
So far, studies have shown that there is no danger posed to bystanders that might inhale the secondhand vapor. However, caution should be taken around children and the elderly. Although there are no studies that show the adverse effects of secondhand vaping on children and the elderly, it is best to err on the side of caution
Is vaping cheaper than smoking?
Vaping is cheaper than smoking. With vaping, you can buy a $20 bottle of e-liquid that will last you at least a month, while with cigarettes, you might go through a pack of cigarettes a week (with each pack costing about $8 or more) depending on the type of smoker you are.
We hope that with this blog article, we dispelled some of the misinformation circulating online and that now you have a better idea about vaping and the world of vaping in general. More importantly, we want to reiterate that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, which is the cause of more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States.