Online, everyone can write anything and make it sound believable. This can be pseudo-science articles about card readings, satire websites, and especially tabloids. The sad thing about it is, that some people believe in what they read on the internet and this includes the mainstream media hype. Most journalists that write articles for main stream news outlets tend to have their own bias. When it comes to topics like legalizing drugs, many people have believed that marijuana is an addictive drug but when in reality the evidence shows the contrary.
The same thing is said of vaping, as it’s an alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. There are many articles circulating throughout the internet about how vaping is bad and we’re going to debunk a few of them today.
One of the biggest lies that has been told about vaping is that e-cigarettes are a threat to children and teens. This comes from anti-smoking groups and legislators assuming that children will be attracted to electronic gadgets and candy flavored liquids, and kids can easily buy them online. The truth is that buying electronic cigarettes are all that easy to do, since buying online requires a credit card. HOWEVER, children don't have access to credit cards at all since credit card companies require the minimum of 18 years of age to apply for one. Secondly, you've to be over the age of 18 and some sites even 21 in order to even purchase from them. In fact, according to a survey in this industry, it was revealed that the average consumer is between 30-50 years old. That tells us that young adults aren't the main consumers when it comes to vaping. And third, it’s not that cheap in the short-run. For example, the average price for a starter kit can range easily over $25 including shipping and taxes. The price is even higher if you buy it at a kiosk at the mall.
The second myth about vaping is that sweet flavors are targeted towards young people. The purpose of these devices are that the vaper can vape without harmful toxins and carcinogens. Retailers need to convince long-time smokers that e-cigs are just as appealing as tobacco cigarettes. The reason why sweet flavors are offered is because tobacco flavored isn't pleasant to smokers and it can sometimes be a challenging task to replicate the tobacco taste. This is one of the reasons why these types of consumers ask for alternative flavors that would work well with their vaping habits.
Finally, the third myth about vaping is that electronic cigarettes contain anti-freeze, according to the FDA that is. Several independent labs have tested numerous electronic cigarette brands and found no evidence of diethylene glycol, a toxic component found in anti-freeze. If anti-freeze was actually found, there would be a boat load of cases of vapers that would be suffering of diethylene glycol poisoning. It would've made it to several media outlets and there would've been recalls all over the world. This is one of the main lies of vaping that has been circulating throughout the internet for some time now.
As mentioned before, people will make up myths and beliefs that have no base evidence to back up their claims. They can even fabricate data or studies and pass it as actual evidence to support their claims. They do this to justify and back up their beliefs or agendas that they have in mind. In order to handle these types of bogus claims, you’ll need to have common sense, legitimate data and evidence, as well as detect fallacies (e.g. slippery slope, ad hominem, etc.), and argue with the evidence. In a way, it’s like you’re a lawyer defending the vaping industry and what it stands for.