There has been a recent upsurge in controversies regarding the use of e-cigarettes. The cacophony of opinions has made it difficult to put your finger on the facts. Although the plethora of diseases makes the fear justified, there are a lot of inaccuracies and misconceptions surrounding the e-cigarettes.
This blog sifts out the facts from the jumble of statements about e-cigarette liquid in the UK, with pieces of evidence that back up our search. There is no denying to some risk that you might expose yourself to, but e-cigarettes liquids are far less harmful than smoking.
The nicotine in the e-cigarettes make them dangerous
A common misconception popular among smokers, whether existing or ex, regard nicotine as the ‘evil-doer.’ According to medical research, where it is the nicotine that gets you addicted to smoking, it carries minimal risk of harm to your health. It is the other endless list of other chemicals that cause damage to the body organs.
The e-cigarette vapor is devoid of any harmful chemicals such as tar and carbon monoxide. These two chemicals are among the most harmful ones. E-cigarettes, on the other hand, have few of the chemicals and too at moderate levels.
The mysterious ingredients of e-cigarettes are unregulated
The e-cigarette liquids in the UK have the strictest regulation in the world. Following the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, the e-cigarette products observe the health and safety standards. The consumers are informed of all the information they require on the packaging. Every product that comes into the market is notified to the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with all the details of the ingredients listed.
E-cigarettes exposure even risks bystanders health
Passive smoking is dangerous, which is why there is a ban on smoking in public places in the UK. However, there is no health risk to bystanders. The e-cigarette liquid has nicotine, propylene glycol, flavorings, and glycerine. Contrary to what people believe, the e-cigarettes do not have side-stream vapor but only the aerosol.
You get a ‘popcorn lung’ with e-cigarettes
Another misconception is the popcorn lung. It is assumed that the flavorings used in e-liquids, used to give a buttery feeling, contain diacetyl. Diacetyl is believed to result in severe lung diseases, for instance, the bronchiolitis obliterans. What is not known by many is that diacetyl is banned in e-cigarette liquids in the UK.
E-cigarettes, a Trojan horse of the tobacco industry?
No evidence suggests e-cigarettes as the encouraging factor behind smoking. It is, in fact, opposite instead. The current data suggest that of the 3.2 million e-smokers, more than half have completely stopped smoking. There has been a record low level in people quitting smoking entirely. However, these numbers are low for England, with only 14%.
E-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes are not the same and should not be seen with the same lens. These are a few of the myths that confuse people and misguide them to the use of e-cigarettes. Despite the minute risk, they have helped people a great deal to quit smoking altogether.