I’m making it my mission to tell the truth about vaping. As a long-term vaper myself, and within a circle of friends who all consider themselves to be long-term vapers, I reckonI pretty much know what I’m talking about. Well … most of the time.
I started with the myth that e-liquid contains anti-freeze, and you can read me bust that myth here: Vaping Myths Debunked: E-Liquid Contains Anti-Freeze
Now I’m looking at another crazy statement I’ve heard along the way – nicotine causes cancer.
Believe it or not, nicotine doesn’t actually cause cancer. It’s not the nicotine in real cigarettes that causes cancer either. When you’re smoking with real cigarettes, you’re inhaling thousands of dangerous chemicals, seventy of which are carcinogens which we know FOR A FACT cause cancer. You might be addicted to the nicotine, but it’s not the nicotine which causes these horrific diseases.
When you vape, you’re not burning anything. You’re not setting fire to anything. There’s no tar and better than that, there’s none of those thousands of dangerous chemicals, or the 70 carcinogens which can and will cause cancer. You’re not burning anything, you’re not creating tar, you’re vaping and therefore just creating water vapour. There’s a big difference.
Because you’re not burning tobacco and therefore not creating any tar, you’re not inhaling those dangerous chemicals. None of those things are in your body so skipping the smokes and opting to vape instead will reduce the chances you’ll get cancer, not increase them.
Just so you know all the facts and you can’t accuse me, the humble vaper, of missing any vital detail out – any of the dangerous chemicals present in real cigarettes that can also be found within the e-liquid or vapour are found in ‘trace amounts’. This means there is the tiniest amount – not enough to even measure. Barely even traceable. So if there is a risk, it’s tiny. Much, much, much tinier than the risks associated with smoking.
At the end of the debate, it’s up to you whether you choose to smoke or vape. I’m not going to tell you what to do. What I am going to tell you is that nicotine found in e-liquid and vapour DOES NOT cause cancer. Saying that, the nicotine found in cigarettes doesn’t cause cancer either. It’s everything else that does – those dangerous chemicals. If you switch from smoking to vaping, your chances of getting cancer will decrease but it’s not the nicotine in those cigarettes itself that’s bad.
If that’s not an incentive to think about vaping rather than smoking, I don’t know what is.