E-cigarettes have become more popular among the general public. They’re regularly used in social environments and by individuals who are trying to stop smoking. Yet, the industry of vaping is rife with myth and false information. It’s time to clear the air and set the facts straight concerning these battery-powered gadgets. Here are some of the most infamous vaping myths, along with the scientific proof that disproves them.
With all the sweet e-liquid flavorings available for purchase on the market, a common argument is that e-cigarettes are marketed to young adults. However, repeated surveys have shown only a slight uptake among non-smokers, including young teens. Even more evidence shows smoking rates continue to decline among young people.
Furthermore, many people think that e-cigarettes can easily be obtained by children. However, multiple jurisdictions have very strict policies governing the marketing and selling to those judged below the legal age. In December 2019, Congress passed — and the president signed — a federal Tobacco 21 law. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product — including e-cigarettes — to anyone younger than 21.
Another myth many people seem to believe is that e-cigarettes are not regulated. But, these battery-powered devices are, in fact, regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. E-cigarettes currently obtainable on the market are obligated to present a warning label declaring that they include nicotine, and their makers must submit ingredient lists to the FDA.
To learn more about common vaping myths, see the accompanying infographic.