5 Vaping Myths That Need To Die

Anytime a new technology catches on, you can expect a contrarian knee-jerk from the public. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, after all. Since the genesis of electronic cigarettes, we’ve seen alarmist vaping myths spread like disease. The following are the fruits of alarmist propoganda, myths that need to die before they kill this benevolent industry:

1. Vaping is marketed to children.


Marketing vaping products is uncharted territory, and advertising a, say, sugary cereal flavor to adults is a strange new challenge. As the industry develops, so too shall the marketing. Flavor is appreciated at any age, and who is to say a full-grown man or woman shouldn’t like the taste of bubblegum? Should we get rid of all adult products because a child might illegitimately get to them? Should we eradicate cars, alcohol, rated-R movies, heavy machinery, and mature video games? Of course not. These are all enormous industries whose collapse would mean an apocalyptic day for the economy. The “think of the children” argument is ludicrous when you consider how many products are intended for adults.

2. The vaping industry is owned by big tobacco.


Big tobacco has dipped its hideous, engorged toe into the electronic cigarette industry. R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, and Altria (the biggest of big tobacco) own brands like Blu, NJOY, and Vuse. However, big tobacco is at war with the rest of the vaping world. It should be noted that the vast majority of big tobacco’s vape products are reserved to the “cigalike” products sold at gas stations and convenience stores. Sales of e-liquid and advanced e-cigarettes have taken the lion’s share of the industry away from big tobacco. In light of this, tobacco behemoths have turned to the federal government for aid against the rest of us, pushing aggressive legislation to choke out our beloved industry. As the vaping spreads, smoking is poised to wane and wither. Big tobacco will not work against their own interests.

3. No one knows what’s in E-Juice.

Toxic Waste

The makeup of e-juice is simple: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, liquid nicotine, and flavoring. Pointed bunk-science has done “studies” in which ridiculous, un-vapable temperatures produce undesirable byproducts. Antifreeze and e-juice have one common ingredient: propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is found throughout the American diet, and has been determined to be safe for human consumption by the FDA. Experts have claimed that the solitary chemical of nicotine is about as dangerous as caffeine, the world’s most widely-used drug.  It is the accompanied chemical cocktail in tobacco-smoking that kills. Compared to traditional cigarettes, the composition of e-juice is much simpler.

4. Second hand vape = Second hand smoke.


Second-hand smoke is bad for humans. Experts say second-hand vapor is all but harmless. Smoke exposes bystanders to an intrusive, literally sickening miasma, whereas vaping produces a dissipating and beauteous mist. Most people prefer the smell of vapor–a stroll through a smoky casino can be nauseating, while a vapor-foggy room might smell like a dream of spring. Indoor vaping is allowed at the discretion of the host. There are rules, written and unwritten, to the etiquette of vaping. Vaping is not the advent of some anarchic, hellish dystopia. It is the cleansing of a filthy societal habit.

5. The vaping industry needs regulation.


You’d be amazed at how often the phrase “wild west” comes up when folks discuss the vaping business. Three or four years in this arena means veteran status. The business is so young that regulation has not caught up with the profits; the wheels of bureaucracy move at a glacial pace. To ensure customer loyalty and safety for the populace, the vaping industry has turned to self-regulation. At MBV, we have implemented childproof packaging and avoided cartoonish packaging without anyone telling us to. Recently, other companies in the industry have stepped forward and agreed to do the same. Federal regulation may be an inevitability, but in the meantime the industry will be vigilant to keep the business alive.

Something to think about:

What other vaping myths have you heard since vaping went mainstream?


Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • James says:

    #6: You haven’t quit, you’re still smoking. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard or read this.

    Just because it looks like it, doesn’t mean that’s it.

  • Same here! It’s strange how some people are NOT willing to accept vaping… even though all the evidence suggests that it’s much safer than smoking… and harmless to bystanders…

    • Tim Mechling says:

      Anytime something new and exciting his the public, there’s a knee-jerk reaction from nay-sayers. People can hide their heads in the sand, that is their right. But my-oh-my, is it frustrating…

  • Chris says:

    #7 Vaping is not proven as a long term method of smoking cessation.

    Obviously I can only speak for myself (a little over one year smoke free), but besides my own experience I’ve read more than enough first hand accounts of successes that I *know* that taking up vaping is likely the *best* route to quitting.

  • TRobb says:

    I agree with the article 100% but I believe Vape companies are also to blame by using the term e-cig and e-cigarettes. Vape companies need to disassociate themselves with those terms completely or they will always be compared to cigarettes. Also never mentioned is responsibility or accepting responsibility. Children are the responsibility of their parents. Not a company’s! People are responsible for making choice of what they put into their bodies and the decisions that affect them. Not the governments!
    Vape companies “at least the ones I do business with” are not advertising or designing to appeal to minors and they are taking security measures to not sell to those under 18. I’m almost 50 and I love watermelon flavored juice. So be it! I personally know 12 people who Vape, and 5 that have used vaping to quit cigarettes not including me. “And none of them use anything made by big Tobacco”. I have started vaping and quit cigarettes after 15 years of smoking and for me it was easy with vaping. If in my small world I know 5 people who have succeeded in quitting smoking by vaping then there must be hundreds of thousands out there doing the same thing and if there are hundreds of thousands of people out there like me then the cigarette companies must be panicking write now. So I believe all this regulation bull is about money. Big tobacco, big pharmacy and all the pockets they line. Its corrupt you know it and I know it. Just an example Nicoderm CQ, don’t know anyone who succeeded with this but their annual revenue is over 63 Billion, yes Billion. You know they hope the word about vaping doesn’t get out! If you have stock in Alza Corp you better sell, sell, sell! But you can bet with that kind of money to lose, they and everyone else with skin in the game is going to do everything they can to get vaping to go away.

    • Tim Mechling says:

      TRobb, I believe you’re right about the terminology. “Electronic cigarette” is not the right word, but it will have to do for now. The more I think about it, the more I think we need to divorce ourselves from the word “cigarette” altogether. Aside from nicotine, they really have nothing in common. From there, it’s a debate: how much control should people have over their destiny? When *should* the government step in, if at all? Who should decide the fate of the vaping economy? It’s a downright Shakespearian drama, one I assure you will play out before our very eyes. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s vapor, there’s hope.

  • Akanksha says:

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  • Roberta says:

    I started smoking cigarettes well under 18yo and smoked for 15 years and tried everything to quit smoking and vaping has been the only successful method thus far. I’m so happy it was introduced to me for myself, my children, and everyone around me! There definitely needs to be more educating out there to the ignorant, afraid of change people out there that can’t imagine how this could change their lives!! I used to smoke well over a pack or 2 a day and am down to using juice between 0-3mg nicotine in under 6months!! I just can’t say enough how proud I am to have made the switch and hope many others will try too!

    • John Swanke says:

      We’re proud of you too! Quitting cigarettes is no easy task, but we’re glad to be of assistance. Please let us know if there’s anything we can ever do for you. Stay strong, and vape on!

  • ken says:

    I enjoyed the article it was very informative and that’s what the public needs to find out or learn about what vaping is.

  • Rob says:

    Very informative article.

  • Matt says:

    I am sick of the comments from people asking me if I saw the articles on the so called “Popcorn Lungs” and how vaping causes it. If someone is smart enough they will read into the condition and find out what truly causes it. If you understand what your e-liquid is made up of you will see that it does not contain the chemicals to cause the condition. However the general public is ignorant and too lazy to understand the truth.

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