Vaping Myths

There are many "alternative facts" about vaping. Whether you hear it at school, in your community, or online, it’s important to know the most accurate facts. We've done the research for you. We have compiled our top myths about vaping along with the research supported facts!

Myth #1: "Vaping isn't Bad For You"

Fact: Vaping isn’t healthy for you! Most vapes contain nicotine, the most addictive drug in the world. Once nicotine enters the system, it immediately starts altering the brain of the user. This is dangerous for young people, as the brain doesn’t stop developing until age 25. Vapes also contain e-juice or liquids. These liquids contain many other chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic. Use of vapes can lead to nicotine addiction.

Myth #2: "Vaping is Safer Than Smoking Cigarettes"

Fact: Health Canada  says vapes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Less harmful doesn't mean safe! Vapes are still harmful to your health. They contain nicotine, a chemical that alters your brain after first use. Nicotine also affects memory and concentration. The vapour can contain many chemicals with known toxicity. The long-term effects of inhaling the substances in vaping products is unknown. More research is needed on the health risks from secondhand vapour.

Myth #3: "Vaping Will Help Me Quit Smoking"

Fact: There isn’t enough research to support the claim that vaping can help people quit smoking. If you, a friend, or family member wants to quit smoking, try looking into Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). These are safe and effective. These products include the nicotine inhaler, patch, lozenge, and gum. If you’d like to quit smoking, see our trying to quit section.

Myth #4: "Vaping isn't Addictive"

Fact: Nicotine is the most addictive drug on earth! It is both a stimulant and a depressant. Most vapes have nicotine in them, which make them addictive. The process of addiction starts after a single use. When nicotine reaches the brain, it increases the levels of dopamine. Dopamine triggers the pleasure receptors in your brain. That hit of nicotine to the brain doesn’t last long, causing your brain to want more nicotine. The more you use nicotine, the quicker your brain becomes addicted to it. This leads to nicotine cravings, in which your brain needs more nicotine more often to feel good. This addiction to nicotine happens over time, but starts after a single use.

Myth #5: "Vaping isn't Expensive"

Fact: Let’s say you’re using disposable vapes. They cost more per cartridge, but there’s no battery or e-juice to buy and replenish. They generally cost between $8-$12 per vape. That could cost you $1,400 a year. That’s enough to buy a round trip to Disneyland with some money left over for 12 days' worth of meals. Now, let’s say that you use a rechargeable vape instead. They are quite expensive and vary in price. Some start as low as $25, while others cost all the way up to $145. And that’s doesn't include the liquid or e-juice. To replenish the cartridge is anywhere from $3-$7 per refill. Someone who vapes will refill their cartridge approximately 200 times a year. That works out to be close to $600 per year, or a membership to the gym. In the end, vaping drains your wallet. If you don’t smoke, and you start vaping, then you won’t be saving any money. 

Myth #6: "Everyone is Vaping"

Fact: 23 % of Ottawa high school students in grades 9-12 have used a vape at least once. That's 77% short of everyone. The vape industry is trying to make vaping look cool. They use the same tobacco company play book, like flashy, bright, colourful packaging, or by promoting celebrity endorsements, or profiling vape tricks on social media. The vape industry doesn't care about your health, they care about your cash. The reality is that a majority of young people in Ottawa aren’t vaping. Don’t be a copycat. Be unique, be true to yourself, and make your own way!

Myth #7: "Vaping is Just Harmless Water Vapour"

 Fact: Vapes contain at least 10 chemicals linked to harms like cancer, birth defects, and reproductive issues.

 The vape industry isn't required to list ingredients for consumers. They rather focus on the flashy flavours, not the deadly chemicals. E-juice on its own, can prove life-threatening if swallowed, resulting in:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • shakiness
  • seizures
  • difficulty breathing

The exact number of chemicals found in vapes isn't known. We do know that there are a wide range of chemicals in vapes. See this section for more info. These chemicals can be deadly, but when heated, they become even more dangerous. So much for being harmless!

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