Not that it's an entirely faulty instinct to have, but suffice it to say that people tend to fear the unknown.
To be sure, there's plenty of unknowns when it comes to vaping. As a relatively new phenomenon, ecigarettes still seem newfangled and unfamiliar to a lot of people. Plus, they haven't been around long enough for the scientific community to have drawn any definite conclusions about them. We're still 10 or 20 years away from fully understanding the long-term consequences of vaping, they say.
In the meantime, society has been drumming up a whole lot of falsehoods -- or, at the very least, unfair misconceptions that haven't been sufficiently backed up either. Here, for your convenience, are the top ten.
1. Vaping makes it harder to quit smoking.
A study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health found that ecigarette smokers were 59% less likely to quit. Only problem was, it was totally indeterminate whether the test subjects were actually trying to quit or not. There are studies out there that have measured the progress of vapers who were actively trying to quit, and they point to a greater degree of effectiveness as a smoking cessation aid than other nicotine replacement therapies.
2. Ecigarettes are probably just as bad for you as cigarettes.
The common logical fallacy here is that because ecigarettes may not be entirely healthy to vape either, there's no use in attempting to switch over from standard cigarettes. However, numerous studies (even amateur ones) have shown that ecigarettes are significantly less harmful to one's health.
3. Ecigarettes are a gateway to cigarette smoking -- or worse.
It's easy to see why someone could view ecigarettes as a lightweight form of cigarette smoking, which could pave the way for them to pick up a cancer-stick habit later in life. But if anything, research suggests the opposite is true.
4. Ecigarette companies are following in the footsteps of Big Tobacco by marketing specifically to children.
You may have seen the news about how a significantly higher number of U.S. high school and middle school children are vaping these days. That's certainly cause for concern, but it's important to take into consideration that they're also smoking significantly fewer cigarettes.
5. Vaping exposes your lungs to dangerous levels of formaldehyde.
A study recently suggested that ecigarette vapour contains unsavoury levels of formaldehyde, except it was quickly pointed out that the eliquid was heated to unrealistic temperatures first (not in a way that represented actual vaping habits).
6. Ecigarettes harm bystanders with toxic second-hand smoke.
To be sure, vapour isn't exactly healthy to inhale. But research actually suggests that it's roughly as toxic as the polluted air we breathe every day.
7. Vaping makes you look like a tool.
Sure, if you're in a crowded restaurant and you're blowing your Roast Beef Eliquid in everyone's faces, you might attract some sideways glances. But think about how lame it is to be the jackass clouding up the atmosphere with toxic, nasty-smelling cigarette smoke.
8. Vaping is for fringe weirdos and has yet to be endorsed by anyone cool.
Think again! Lots of A-list celebrities have been seen with a vaping pen in hand.
9. Vaping is an expensive habit to maintain.
There's an initial investment in a vaping device that, depending on your level of fanciness, is probably much steeper than a pack of cigarettes. But for someone who smokes a pack a day, cigarettes would outpace that price tag within a matter of days.
10. They'll be defeated by regulatory bodies eventually.
Many of the world's government health organisations are trying to impose stricter regulations on ecigarettes, but there are also a significant number of prominent health and science authorities coming out in favour of vaping as a possible smoking cessation aid. The future is far from secured, but it looks fairly bright from where we're sitting.