You don’t need to be looking for evidence that people are afraid of vaping to know that it’s out there. As the popularity of vape culture and products continues to rise, so too does the general fear of this new (ish) trend.
It boils down to a few basic reasons.
Ignorance is probably the biggest culprit behind the fear of vaping. It’s easy to look at an electronic cigarette, vape pen or mod and liken it to a cigarette, simply because you don’t know how they’re different. From there, it’s only a quick step away from assuming they’re just as dangerous as combustible cigarettes just because they can look similar.
And unless a person has a genuine interest in vaping or has a friend who is willing to explain it to them, there’s not much reason for that person to go in search of facts and information. Therefore, they end up associating vaping with all sorts of negative connotations, simply because they don’t know any different.
Some people are against vaping simply because they misunderstand vape products and/or vape culture. This group is full of those who are interested enough to read about vaping, but end up getting the wrong end of the stick.
For example, they might see the range of sweet and delicious e-liquid flavours as a ploy to tempt kids and adolescents into taking up vaping. They might view vaping as just a new way to get people hooked on a product now that smoking is going out of style, or they might even consider the culture around it as elitist or ‘hipster’. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of those who don’t like vaping simply because they don’t have a full understanding of what it’s about.
The media has a lot to answer for when it comes to the negative connotations around vaping. The ‘popcorn lung’ wave of attention is a perfect example, whereby a study basically looked to see if there was a connection between e-liquids and a dangerous illness, determined that there wasn’t any real evidence to suggest there was, then suggested further study. Many outlets jumped on the story and spread the word that vaping was definitely strongly linked to a serious health problem – without bothering to do any real research.
Cultural leaders such as politicians and celebrities are often in the spotlight so much that everything they say is shared with thousands. When one politician, for example, decides that they think vaping is too much of a risk and should be restricted with a new law, many people see that person as a reliable source of information, regardless of how much understanding or knowledge the politician has on the subject.
Fortunately, not all cultural leaders are against vaping, and there are certainly those who advocate on the other side of the argument to show that these products are not nearly as bad as others make them out to be.