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Three of the weirdest lies ever told about vaping

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that believing everything you read on the Internet is a fool’s game. Alternative facts and fake news run rampant across social media, and smokers looking to quit through vaping can sometimes become confused and even intimidated from making the switch. 

Rumors and unsubstantiated claims that vaping causes heart attacks, is highly carcinogenic, or can lead to brain seizures have been completely debunked repeatedly.  Yet, the disinformation keeps coming.  Today, almost 80 percent of physicians wrongly believed that nicotine causes cancer, and about 45 percent of average Americans mistakenly assume that vaping is just as deadly as smoking.

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To be clear, Public Health England published scientific evidence all the way back in 2016 which indicates that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking.  Furthermore, research conducted by scientists at St. Andrew University shows that second-hand e-cigarette vapor is 99 percent less carcinogenic that conventional cigarette smoke. 

For more laughs and giggles,  here are three of the weirdest, most ridiculous lies ever told by the vape-hating community.

Lie #1:  The e-liquids used in vaping contain antifreeze.

This outlandish lie has been traveling the Internet for well over five years now.  Every six months or so, it resurfaces and spreads yet again.  It was a lie five years ago, and it is still a bold-faced lie today.

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The rumor started when some anti-vaper discovered that vape juice and antifreeze share a common ingredient.  While propylene glycol is indeed a component of some antifreezes, it is also frequently found in ice creams, frostings, and baked goods found at the local grocery store.  In fact, if propylene glycol is so dangerous to public health, Betty Crocker has a big problem on her hands. 

Lie #2: The vapor produces from vaping contains formaldehyde.

This notorious lie was the result of an inappropriately-named “research paper” that was not based on basic scientific research principles.  The January 2015 study entitled Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols went almost instantly viral probably because the vaping craze was just taking off during the paper’s date of publication.  Unfortunately, the paper’s findings were immediately debunked by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a world-class cardiologist in Greece. 

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Farsalinos determined that the co-authors of the report had accidentally or perhaps intentionally cranked up the heat of the vaping device to astronomical proportions - levels that no human could withstand comfortably.  The result was a misdiagnosis of formaldehyde within the tiny, e-cig vapor particles.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even debunked the formaldehyde nonsense as recently as 2018 when the agency issued its own report entitled, Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop.

Lie #3:  Vaping cause EVALI.

This lie was a whopper.  In the late summer of 2019, a story started appearing in both social and mainstream media.  The allegations involved a series of mysterious lung injuries apparently popping up in some youth vapers in Wisconsin.   Within a couple of weeks, more cases were appearing across the country and – eventually - in all fifty states.

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As early as September and without evidence, the CDC started issuing public health warnings recommending that the entire nation stop vaping immediately.  For almost six months, the CDC kept pushing this anti-vaping nonsense even though the cannabis-friendly Leafly Magazine had already solved the case.  Nicotine-based vapes had nothing whatsoever to do with the respiratory disorder, California bureau chief David Downs reported.  The true culprit was black market THC cartridges illegally laced with vitamin-E acetate. 

Rest assured, newbie vapers.  Electronic cigarettes and open-system vaping products are substantially less harmful than smoking.  Just be sure to purchase your favorite vapes from a certified vape shop or reputable e-commerce retailer, and you will have nothing to about.  Before purchasing any vapor product for the very first time, perhaps perform a quick Google search to verify whether the vape juice or vape mod is both safe and worthy of your cold, hard-earned cash.

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