If you’re a practitioner of vaping, it’s highly unlikely that you’ve been able to escape the wild assertions and unfounded myths that’ve made the rounds on click-bait sites concerning e-cigarettes and their impact on one’s. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to determine the source of these “studies”; but in spite of the fact that most of these notions are rooted in conjecture and well, ignorance, many people are buying into it lock, stock and barrel. What makes matters worse is when the news does have a source – which makes it all the more difficult to argue the position that there is no concrete evidence that vaping can lead to cancer and chronic respiratory disease.

Take for instance a 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As far as me3d text that says Myths and Factsdical periodicals go, the New England Journal of Medicine is about as trusted as they come. With a reputation like that, it wouldn’t be a stretch for one to consider its contents as gospel. The study, conducted by Eric and Denise Kandel asserts that using e-cigarettes could cause users to seek out and use cocaine.

While quickly dismissed by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), studies like these can be quickly picked up by the media and before you know it, becomes part of the popular opinion.

As shocking as the “e-cigarettes are a gateway to cocaine use” argument is, there are many such myths just waiting to be debunked.

Myth Number 1: E-cigarettes Contain Anti-Freeze

This myth is a case of selective knowledge. While it’s true that the e-liquid you’re using to vape may contain propylene glycol (an ingredient that can be found in anti-freeze), it is a substance that is recognized by internationally respected health organizations as being safe for human consumption. Antifreeze is toxic because of an ingredient called ethylene glycol (a substance which should be noted is NOT found in e-liquid). In fact, propylene glycol is included for the express purpose of making e-liquid less harmful should it be accidentally ingested.

Myth Number 2: E-cigarettes Cause Cancer 

This myth is closely tied to the widely believed (and absurd) notion that nicotine causes cancer. It’s likely that this myth attached itself to e-cigarettes because cigarettes contain nicotine, and cigarettes have been proven to cause cancer. Talk about deductive reasoning at its worst. The reason that cigarettes cause cancer is that tobacco contains at least 70 harmful chemicals that are known carcinogens. When tobacco burns and is inhaled, these carcinogens are introduced to the body where they wreak havoc.

Myth Number 3: E-cigarettes Can Easily be Purchased Kids

Likely a strategy employed by some tobacco lobbyist, E-cigarettes cannot be easily procured by children. In fact, many jurisdictions impose strict rules governing the marketing towards and sales to those deemed below the legal age. For example, as of January 1, 2016 in the province of Ontario, it is prohibited that any purveyor of vaping supplies and parts sells to anyone under the age of 19. An ID check must be performed if the purchaser is suspected of being 18 years of age or less.

Myth Number 4: Secondhand Vapor is Bad for Those Around You

While it’s true that secondhand vapor can be just as easily inhaled by bystanders as cigarette smoke, there is absolutely no indication that vapor is a danger to those around you. Studies have failed to conclude that vaping liquid contains any of the toxins found in conventional cigarettes. E-cigarette vapor also has different properties than cigarette smoke – most notably that it is not produced until the user inhales (meaning there is no side stream smoke) and it dissipates much more quickly.

Myth Number 5: E-cigarettes Promote the Use of Tobacco Products

This myth is particularly strange, given that many people have used vaping devices as a means to quit smoking where all other quit smoking aids have failed. Truth be told, the only thing e-cigarettes have been proven to be a gateway to is a healthier lifestyle. This particular myth stems from the idea that non-smoking may be enticed to take up vaping because of its ‘trendiness’ or because of the flavored liquid. Eventually, the myth claims, these people will fix their gaze on cigarettes – and will never look back. There’s simply no evidence to back this claim up and to think that this line of reasoning has any merit is a mere fantasy.

At the end of the day, the most important thing you can arm yourself with is truth; before buying e-cigarettes of a vaporizer do your own homework and decide for yourself what is true and what a complete fallacy is.