Vaping & E Cigarette Safety
Is Vaping Dangerous?
Vaping carries a small risk in comparison to smoking, which is a high risk activity. Let’s break it down into risk factors starting with health:
Is it safer than smoking?
There is evidence that vaping is 95% safer than smoking. The health risks of smoking are well-known (Cigarette smoke contains 4000+ chemicals, many of which are carcinogens), and the vapor from e-cigarettes contains no significant toxins.
What about nicotine?
Nicotine is not a carcinogen, and is not as addictive on its own as it is in cigarettes. It is about as addictive as caffeine when used in an e cigarette. Cigarettes contains many other different chemicals and additives which make nicotine more addictive.
Does it help people quit?
Smoking in Britain is at its lowest levels since 1974, and half of the recent quitters credit vaping as the method they used to give up smoking.
Is second-hand vapor bad for people around me?
There is no evidence that second-hand vapor is harmful. However, it can be annoying so be respectful and ask first before vaping around others.
What about formaldehyde and popcorn lung?
The formaldehyde scare was based on faulty research which used overheated coils. This created what vapers call a 'dry hit', which is when you inhale without enough e-liquid saturating the coil, and the cotton wicking begins to burn. It tastes terrible - a bit like smoking - and does not accurately represent the usual vaping experience.
The popcorn lung issue started when people noticed that a flavoring ingredient called diacetyl was being used in e-liquid for a 'buttery' flavor. Diacetyl is also used in microwave popcorn, and there was a lawsuit in the USA after several workers in a popcorn factory developed a rare lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans or 'popcorn lung'. It was decided that inhalation of diacetyl in powder form had caused the disease. Complicating the issue is the fact that cigarettes has far higher levels of diacetyl than e-liquid, yet 'popcorn lung' hasn't been reported as a side-effect of smoking. The debate means that very few e-liquids contain diacetyl now, and myohm's range is diacetyl-free.
Will my e cig explode?
We’ve all heard about e cigs exploding and catching fire. What the headlines don't mention is that these are usually caused by mechanical mods (DIY-style batteries which deliver unregulated power to the coil, which is also made by the user) or loose 18560 batteries. We only stock regulated batteries which feature auto-shutoff technology, so the battery will switch itself off if it detects an electrical short. With regulated batteries, the risk of your e cig exploding is about the same as your mobile phone.