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Exposing Myths About E-Cigarettes

The interest in electronic vapes continues to spread among the general population. These nicotine-based products are frequently used in social environments and by smokers who are trying to quit. However, the vape industry is plagued with false accusations and misleading messages. It’s time to clear the air around this industry. Here are some of the most notorious and wide-spead vaping claims, along with the scientific evidence that exposes them as false.

With all the e-liquid flavors on the market for purchase that taste like sweet treats or fruity flavors, a concern is that vape companies are focusing their marketing directly towards children and adolescents. However, multiple investigations have revealed only a small rise among individuals who don’t already smoke cigarettes, including young adults. Also, data reveals that smoking rates continue to fall among young people.

Another falsehood many people believe is that e-cigarettes can be obtained by kids easily. Even though most jurisdictions already have very strict legislation and severe punishments overseeing the advertising and selling to those below the legally allowed age. In December 2019, Congress passed — and the president approved — a federal Tobacco 21 law. It is now forbidden for any store to sell tobacco products — including vapes — to anyone below the age of 21.

An additional claim society appears to believe is that vapes are not overseen and governed. But, these devices are actually regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Vapes currently obtainable are required to include a warning indicating that they include nicotine, and their producers must provide the FDA with ingredient lists.

To learn more about well-known vaping myths, see the accompanying infographic.