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Myths vs Facts

This section was created to help educate you about Vaping, and to help you make an informed decision whether it is right for you or not.

There is a lot of misinformation about the risks/dangers of vaping, and have compiled an excellent list of links from reputable scientific sources and medical journals on the facts we currently have.

Here are the common misconceptions about vaping:


MYTH: Vaping is just as harmful as smoking
FACT: "Vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking"
MYTH: Vaping doesn't help people quit smoking
FACT: "E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioral support."
MYTH: We don't know what it will do to your lungs!
FACT: "In a small sample of young-adult never-smoking, daily EC users who were carefully followed for approximately 3½ years, we found no decrements in spirometric indices, development of respiratory symptoms, changes in markers of lung inflammation in exhaled air or findings of early lung damage on HRCT, when compared with a carefully matched group of never-smoking non-EC users. Even the heaviest EC users failed to exhibit any evidence of emerging lung injury as reflected in these physiologic, clinical or inflammatory measures. Moreover, no changes were noted in blood pressure or heart rate. Since the EC users who we studied were never smokers, potential confounding by inhalation of combustion products of tobacco were obviated."
MYTH: Flavors are to entice children
FACT: "Adult frequent e-cigarette users in the USA who have completely switched from smoking cigarettes to using e-cigarettes are increasingly likely to have initiated e-cigarette use with non-tobacco flavors and to have transitioned from tobacco to non-tobacco flavors over time. Restricting access to non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors may discourage smokers from attempting to switch to e-cigarettes."
MYTH: Vaping impedes smoking cessation
FACT: "The substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level. These findings need to be weighed carefully in regulatory policy making regarding e-cigarettes and in planning tobacco control interventions."
MYTH: Electronic cigarettes contain formaldehyde
FACT: "The high levels of formaldehyde emissions that were reported in a previous study were caused by unrealistic use conditions that create the unpleasant taste of dry puffs to e-cigarette users and are thus avoided."
MYTH: Vaping is a gateway to smoking
FACT: "Prospective studies – the only evidence that e-cigarette use might lead to smoking – do not yet persuade that e-cigarettes are a substantial causal gateway to cigarettes. At best, they support that a minority of the relatively small number of e-cigarette triers – who haven’t also been experimenting with other tobacco products already – will go on to some experimentation with cigarettes."
MYTH: Switching to vaping doesn't improve health of former smokers
FACT: "Given that many COPD patients continue smoking despite their symptoms, the electronic cigarette could be an effective and safe alternative to the tobacco cigarettes also in this vulnerable population."
MYTH: Vaping causes popcorn lung
FACT: "In conclusion, the article is creating false impressions and exaggerates the potential risk from diacetyl and acetyl propionyl exposure through e-cigarettes. They failed to mention that these chemicals are present in tobacco cigarette smoke and violated a classical toxicological principle that the amount determines the toxicity and the risk."
MYTH: Vaping contains toxic metals
FACT: "The results of our risk assessment analysis clearly show that exposure to metals from e-cigarettes is not expected to be of significant health concern for smokers who switch to e-cigarette use. "
Credit to for compiling this set of links. You can view it on their website here.
There is also plenty of useful information about Vaping available  from the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA) available here.
If anyone has any other useful links that can contribute to this page, please shoot us an email at and I will add it on. Thank you for reading.