The electronic cigarette has been in the main stream for about 5 years but there are still many myths circulating about this new innovation. Suggestions around their safety, legal status and marketing tactics are among the major concerns. This blog takes a further look at the most common discussion points and hopes to set the record straight and about this controversial product.
1) Are e-cigs bad for your health?
When using an e-cig, you inhale a vapour composed of propylene glycol and nicotine known as e-liquid. Both propylene glycol and nicotine are considered safe for human consumption. The problem arises from impure ingredients or improper compounding methods. Because the industry is currently not regulated, the e liquids do not have pharmaceutical grade product, or are required to have one.
2) Have some countries ban e-cigs?
There was a period in 2009 when the The tobacco industry, government tax agencies and pharmaceutical firms all pressured the FDA to ban e-cig sales in the US. After a lengthy court battle, the FDA failed in their attempt to make them illegal and they are now sold world wide. Some other countries such as New Zealand have banned the use of ecigs, however, most countries around the world including Britain have adopted the new craze.
3) Under 18’s can purchase e-cigs
The same rules and restrictions which apply to traditional cigarettes apply to the purchasing of electronic cigarettes or any associated accessories. Anyone who is deemed to be under the legal age of 18 years would be asked to provide a valid ID verifying the customer is an adult.
4) E cigs will addict non-smokers to nicotine
Currently there are no studies that can confirm this hypothesis. It should be noted that e-cig sellers report that most non-smokers purchase nicotine free e-liquid.
5) E-cig liquid contains antifreeze
This is likely the most wide spread fallacy concerning e-cigarettes. Back in 2009, in the United States, the FDA conducted a “Controlled Study” on the ingredients of e-liquid. They reported they had found traces of diethylene glycol (DEG) in some of the samples they tested. The FDA e-cig report has since been determined to be flawed and unreliable.
These are just a few of the misconceptions associated with electronic cigarettes. The conclusion is that there is no evidence to support they are unsafe. They have not been approved by the MHRA as a smoking cessation device as yet, but by 2016 all e cigarettes will have to be regulated in the UK. If you are considering purchasing one of our ecigs or even from another supplier, we would always recommend you do your own research and seek advice from your Doctor. You can also check out our FAQ’s.