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There’s a lot of hype about electronic cigarettes in the media, which mostly focuses on the negative aspects of vaping. The media’s coverage of the electronic cigarette industry is heavily biased, and often prevents people from reducing their smoking habits. Here are the 7 most common misconceptions about electronic cigarettes in the media.
This is the most commonly reported misconception about electronic cigarettes in the media. Whilst official bodies poorly regulate the industry, it isn’t true to say all e-cigarettes are dangerous. Many suppliers of e-cigarettes are contentious, and prioritise the health and well being of their clients. Consequently, those new to vaping should find a supplier that self-regulates, putting safety above all else.
2. The health risks are too high
The health risks associated with vaping are also widely reported. Nicotine is a drug, and – as with any drugs – there are side effects and health risks associated with it. However, the health risks associated with vaping are thought to be significantly less than the health risks of smoking, so media coverage of the health risks tends to be exaggerated.
3. They won’t help you quit smoking
The media also regularly questions the efficacy of electronic cigarettes, often claiming that they won’t bring you closer to your goal. In reality, if you want to quit smoking, electronic cigarettes is one of the most effective solutions. They work extremely well, as they satisfy nicotine cravings whilst reducing tobacco consumption. They’re also available in different strength, which enables you to reduce your nicotine consumption over time.
4. They are 100% safe
Media sources that advocate the use of electronic cigarettes may proclaim they’re 100% safe. This, whilst positive, is also untrue. As previously mentioned, e-cigarettes still contain nicotine – so will never be 100% safe. There are still risks involved, and you should minimise your usage to limit the impact to your health. Furthermore, some suppliers poorly regulate their stock, which leads to unsafe devices available for sale. Always buy your electronic cigarettes from a reputable source.
5. There are no health risks
Likewise, the media often downplays the health risks. The health risks presented by nicotine are very serious, and include cardiovascular problems, decreased fertility, and even cancer.
6. They are a gateway to smoking
The media often reports that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, and encourage young people to begin inhaling nicotine on a regular basis. Research has consistently shown the majority of new electronic cigarette users are existing smokers, using them in an attempt to stop smoking. Whilst the different flavours and lack of smell may attract teenagers, there’s no evidence to suggest this is the case.
7. There are no reputable suppliers
Another misconception is that all suppliers of electronic cigarettes are equal, and none should be trusted. This is an unfair assumption; there are many reputable suppliers on the market. If you decide to switch to electronic cigarettes, look for the following signs of a reputable supplier:
- Knowledgeable staff to help you make decisions,
- A customer service department to send queries and complaints,
- An address and telephone number on the website,
- A blog containing useful information, resources, and up to date information,
- Information regarding the safety and testing of their devices.