In 2003, a Chinese man by the name of Hon Lik created and patented the design for the modern e-cigarette. Since then they have exploded onto the market. There are various different models and thousands of different flavors have been created for the sole purpose of vaping. People all over the world have taken their stance for or against the products and those who use them. The truth is, most people don't know anything about vaping, unless they vape themselves, and derive most of their information second-hand. This is the main reason why vaping has such a stigma attached to it. According to Mike Floorwalker from Gizmodo there are a few major facts most people get wrong about vaping.
The first thing that people get wrong about vaping is how different vaporizers are from other electric cigarettes. "Analog" cigarettes, which look like regular cigarettes, are made from Tobacco companies and have a limited number of flavors. They are not very popular in the vaping scene compared to Advanced Personal Vaporizers, which are much bigger and have various metal parts. Advanced Personal Vaporizers, also known as APVs, have more flavors and produce more vapor compared to the nicotine heavy analog cigarettes. APV's can also be altered, commonly referred to as a "vape modification," to allow more vapor to be formed.
The second thing that people get wrong about vaping is what ingredients are used to make the e-liquids. For an APV to work properly it needs to be paired with an e-liquid, which is also the flavoring component. All e-liquids are made with a few simple ingredients. Vegetable glycerin is a safe, flavorless product used in APVs because it helps produce a lot of vapor. Propylene glycol, not to be confused with diethylene glycol, is used to carry the flavor of the e-liquids. The actual flavors can be natural or artificial, but are always tested and certified to be food grade. Lastly, there is pharmaceutical-grade nicotine, that actual amount of which is dependent on the e-liquid manufacturer.
The third thing that people get wrong about vaping is how much nicotine is used. Compared to most cigarettes, which have around 25-35 mg of nicotine per ml, and analog cigarettes, which have around 18-28 mg of nicotine per ml, Advanced Personal Vaporizers most commonly have nicotine levels of 8-18 mg per ml, though they can be lower or higher. There are also e-liquids that have no nicotine at all. Users tend to like the lower nicotine levels because nicotine doesn't have a very pleasant taste and messes with the flavoring of the e-liquids. The vapor being produced from the APV's is enough to help users who are graduating from more nicotine heavy cigarettes.
The fourth thing that people get wrong about vaping is how harmful the vapor is. As previously mentioned, the ingredients in Advanced Personal Vaporizers are limited and nothing compared to those found in cigarettes. That is not to say that the vapors of e-cigarettes are completely harmless, there are toxic substances, but they are, once again, substantially lower then what is already being smoked by regular cigarette users. The main conclusion by those studying the effects of APV vapor is that switching from cigarettes to an Advanced Personal Vaporizer would reduce exposure to toxic substances and be a good way to reduce the amount of harm to a user. A longer period of study will help validate their claims.
Lastly, the fifth thing that people get wrong about vaping is that it doesn't help cigarette users quit. For those looking to quit APVs are very effective because of their large range of nicotine levels. Someone can start out at a high dosage and work their way down all the way to zero. Studies have shown that the number of people who vape begin to taper of altogether after about five years. During that time they are less likely to experience withdrawal symptoms and are less likely to relapse and return to cigarettes. The success rates of Advanced Personal Vaporizers outshine those of other, more traditional, quitting methods like chewing gum or using the patch. Sadly, the pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money off of those products, and put up a strong opposition.