I’ve heard so many ridiculous claims and myths about vaping over the years, I barely even bother listening or reading them these days but it suddenly occurred to me how many people WOULD and DO believe these ‘horror’ stories – things like e-liquid containing dangerous ingredients such as anti-freeze. It would be easy for someone to read that and be put-off by the idea of vaping entirely which is a sad thing because vaping CAN and DOES help people to quit smoking. And in case you didn’t see the recent documentary on TV about it, you can find the link below to read and catch-up. It’s a very interesting watch, and one that I hope will put many of the vaping myths to bed.
Going back to e-liquid containing anti-freeze, I can assure you that’s definitely not the case. The whole point of the TPD (however pointless you may think it is) is to regulate the manufacturing process of things like e-liquid, a substance that can be quite dangerous when the wrong ingredients have been added.
If you buy a decent, reputable, decent brand of e-liquid, you’ll get a liquid that’s both safe and enjoyable to vape with. If you buy e-liquid that looks ‘dodgy’, is much cheaper than what you’d normally pay, or comes in a bottle without a decent able or a list of ingredients, you have no clue what you’re vaping with and therefore, you could very well be vaping with anti-freeze. The actual ingredients are anybody’s guess.
The whole anti-freeze myth first circulated because of a common ingredient in e-liquid – PG or propylene glycol. The PG in the e-liquid is what gives you the throat hit when you vape – the bit that makes if feel as if you are actually ‘smoking’ or vaping. Higher PG e-liquids have more throat hit and fewer clouds. Higher VG e-liquids have less of a throat hit and much bigger clouds of vapour. I talk about this more here:
PG is a substance found in anti-free – yes. But it is added to make it LESS dangerous. It is NOT the dangerous additive. The FDA and EU have both granted PG safe for human consumption, and it’s found in a number of other household items including shampoo, conditioner and other styling products which most of us use on a daily basis. Admittedly you wouldn’t want to vape with your shampoo but PG has been shown to be safe when vaped with … short term.
The long term effects of vaping are not really that well-known because the concept is still a relatively new one. The one thing that has definitely been proved on a number of occasions, in almost every study you look at, is that vaping is much better for your health than smoking. It won’t give you cancer for a start. That’s always a pretty good start.
So … Going back to the vaping myth that e-liquid contains anti-freeze, I can assure you it’s definitely a myth. If you buy a reputable, reliable and decent brand of e-liquid, you’ll be vaping with something that is safe to use. I always buy e-liquid made within the UK / EU now. I just don’t trust what I’m getting when it’s made elsewhere.
If you want more information on vaping or e-liquid before you make the decisions to start vaping and quit smoking yourself, take a peek at some of the other guides. If you have questions you can’t find the answers to, get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!