3 most common vaping health misconceptions

It is human nature to hate what’s new. It’s easy and, in the wrong circles, considered intelligent to have a default negative opinion about something you know nothing about. When your old man says vaping is worse than smoking because there is no filter, it’s infuriating but it’s tolerable.

Passing an old man in wheelchair a vape

What I can’t stand, is when misconceptions, misinformation and straight up lies are perpetrated, and perpetuated by the people who are supposed to know better.

In this article, we will tackle vaping misconceptions and the supposedly reputable institutions and publications lying to the public for clicks, cynical kudos and big tobacco money.  

Vaping Gives you Popcorn Lung.

Every pseudo-intellect should have this one loaded up and ready to go. It did its rounds in the media and the catchy name “popcorn lung” caught on.   

The root of this misconception was a Harvard study that found 39 of 51 flavoured e-liquids contain a chemical called diacetyl. At high levels of exposure, hundreds of times what is actually in e-liquid, diacetyl is known to cause popcorn lung or bronchiolitis obliterans.


So if you need hundreds of times more diacetyl to get popcorn lung than there is in e-liquid, why are we even talking about this?

In short, the media lost their minds.

Reputable outlets of news, not only failed to mention that Diacetyl is found in cigarettes, at over 700 times the concentration it is present in e-liquids, but blew the whole thing entirely out of proportion. You know the drill, first say the scary science word and then say the kids are doing it. Mass hysteria. Works every time.

The term popcorn lung was forever associated with vaping. Although the science is unwavering that while vaping isn’t a health craze it is significantly better for you than cancer sticks, everyone has an opinion.

Have you seen this ad?


Little worms crawling inside your brain. That is what you really need to watch out for. This propaganda did touch on another great vaping misconception.

Vape Liquid Contains Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde inhaled as a gas been associated with an increased risk of leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer, which affects the upper part of the throat behind the nose.

The e-liquid formaldehyde myth started after a team at Portland State University published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that detected hemiacetals in regular PG/VG e-liquids after vaping them.

Hemiacetals is a compound created when alcohol is added to an aldehyde or a ketone. Formaldehyde is an aldehyde. In fact, it is the simplest aldehyde there is.

What Does This Mean?

Vape liquid is mostly PG/VG. Formaldehyde is a known degradation product of propylene glycol that reacts with propylene glycol and glycerol during vaporization to produce hemiacetals

It is true that they found a formaldehyde carrying agent in vapour from a vaporizer, However, the study was complete bullshit.

Sitting Vaping

These “scientists” wound their vape up to 5 volts before taking 3 - 4-second hits for 10 puffs.


In this video, Suck my Mod, winds his vape up to the voltage used in the study and tries to stomach the wretched burning taste of his melting coils.

No one would ever use a vape at this voltage for a prolonged period of time. At the lower voltages they tested, which to be honest are within the scope of normal use, they detected none or negligible amounts of formaldehyde carrying agents.  

Here are some critiques of the study



The published study also failed to address the difference between formaldehyde found in smoke in its pure unbonded form, and the formaldehyde carrying agent the superheated PG breaks down into.

It is not known exactly where formaldehyde contained in hemiacetals gets deposited in the body or whether it is similarly toxic,

All The Kids Are Doing It - There A Vape EPIDEMIC

The percentage of high-school students who smoke cigarettes dropped from 22% to 14% between 2011 and 2016. And for e-cigarettes, high school users dropped from 16% to 11% from 2015 to 2016.

E-cigarettes are now the most frequently used tobacco product among adolescents — some 2.1 million middle and high school students were e-cigarette users in 2017 — far surpassing traditional combustible cigarettes.

The overall trend is downward for kids smoking.

With vaping, it depends on who you ask.

Vaping is popular and kids are curious. The mailman isn’t checking IDs. How do you stop it? How do you stop kids sitting outside FoodWorks asking strangers for smokes? I am not offering any solutions, and if I am honest with myself, I think kids who want to vape are going to vape. I don’t have kids and don’t really care about kid problems.

Little Timmy took a vape pen to school. Everyone thought it was really cool. Now Timmy is grounded.  

Vaping and cycling

Compared to doing drugs, or fucking hookers, a 15 year old vaping is tame as.  

Okay, there are studies that say that vaping at certain wattage can increase formaldehyde. Give us a number. You know, we can turn these things down. Heck, go to the factories and the suppliers and enforce maximum volts, limit the watts and ohms on the coils.

It’s unfortunate the conversation is so far away from that.

If you want to actually help me make good decisions about what I am putting into my body and control my consumer choices, yes I’d like to know if vaping flavour A might expose me to diacetyl, that is constructive.

What we can’t seem to accept is that adults are going to do things that are bad for them. When we do accept it, we can’t be seen to condone or encourage it.

People are going to vape, people are going to smoke. What would be nice, helpful even, would be if these media outlets, agencies, departments and other faceless organisations could just shut the fuck up, report the truth and let me make up my own mind.

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