The E-Cig has been around for 4 years but it still has numerous myths and confusions. Issues about safety, legal status and marketing tactics are among the major concerns. Why don't we take a look at the most common issues and see if we can make an educated decision about this controversial product.
When using an e-cig, you inhale a vapor composed of propylene glycol and nicotine known as e-liquid. Both propylene glycol and nicotine are considered safe for human consumption. The problem arises from impure ingredients or improper compounding methods. The short story is that you need to purchase a pharmaceutical grade product. There are many e-liquid sellers online but very few have a pharmaceutical grade e-liquid.
2) Didn't The FDA Ban E-Cigs?
There was a period in 2009 when the tobacco industry, government tax agencies and pharmaceutical firms all pressured the FDA to ban e-cig sales in the US. After a lengthy court battle, the FDA failed in their attempt to make them illegal and they are now sold world wide.
3) Minors Can Purchase E-Cigs
To buy electronic cigarettes or any associated accessories, a valid ID verifying the buyer as an adult is required. We must consider that there will always be under age users who find a way to get their hands on smokeless cigarettes. However, all accredited sellers are required by law to verify the age of anyone purchasing electric cigarette products just like tobacco or alcohol.
4) Ecigs Will Addict Non-Smokers To Nicotine
Currently there are no studies that can confirm this hypothesis. It should be noted that e-cig sellers report that most non-smokers purchase nicotine free e-liquid.
5) E-Cig Liquid Contains Antifreeze
This is likely the most wide spread fallacy concerning e-cigarettes. Back in 2009, the FDA performed what they called a "Controlled Study" on the composition of e-liquid (the nicotine fluid used in ecigs). They reported they had found traces of diethylene glycol (DEG) in some of the samples they tested. The FDA e-cig report has since been determined to be flawed and unreliable.
These are just a few of the misconceptions associated with electronic cigarettes. The bottom line is there is no evidence to support their safety or lack of. They have not been approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation device or as a healthy alternative to smoking. If you are considering their use, you need to do your own research and talk with your physician before starting.