The risk of vaping has recently been covered in an article on the BBC website regarding vaping. The article was reasonably, I thought, but did tend to be a bit more dramatic than it needed to be. For example they claim more than half of 18yr olds vape, however provide no evidence as to where this figure came from, then they make out that this is a serious problem. Further into the article they quote a professor who claims (again no evidence put forward), most teenagers try them but don’t vape long term, totally contradicting the previous statement. They also claim, without evidence, that corner shops are selling illegal vapes (my website only sells TPD compliant e-liquids and vapes), yet no evidence of the authorities being informed.
So what is the actual risk of vaping according to this article, well actually, if you read it properly there is NONE. Yes one professor speculates that in the future people will get cancer and other lung diseases as a result of vaping but that is pure speculation, again no proof put forward. Now lets be clear here, I am not saying it is totally safe and I am also not saying I know better than a professor, however I get a bit bemused at experts speculating on how it MIGHT impact people in the future and this becomes the headline or the crux of the article. Instead of the headline being that there might be future risks but all experts agree it is far safer than smoking cigarettes. If teenagers are going to experiment it is far safer for them to experiment with vaping than with cigarettes. Now the article does make this point, but it makes it right at the end!!
They also use an example of a girl called Izzy who is a chain vaper, she couldn’t brush her teeth in the end without being in pain. Again no evidence this was caused by vaping put forward, for all we know she could have had a gum disease that she would have gotten anyway. If your going to make these statements at least back them up with medical evidence to prove it, instead of using it as a scaremonger tactic, and a way to dramatise a story.
And then there is this statement:
“But the e-cigarette vapour which is inhaled can still contain small amounts of chemicals, including nicotine, which could carry risks of their own. Scientists just haven’t worked out what they are yet” What chemicals? Products that re deemed food safe and regulated? PG and VG are the main ingredients of e-liquid. These products have been used for several decades in food, medicines, drinks and have many other uses in society. They have been used safely for all these years yet as soon as they are put in e-liquid there are question marks by the BBC. Lets take Nicotine, the wording above indicates that Nicotine might be harmful. Nicotine has long been proved to be harmless to the human body unless inhaled in vast quantities, far more than you would get form any cigarette or e-cigarette, yet here are the BBC using the word Nicotine for dramatic effect. It is not Nicotine in cigarettes that causes the harm it is all the other chemicals and crap that is put in them by the manufacturers. None of which are in e-liquid.
So while the article is fairly well balanced when you read and understand it, the wording is not balanced. For dramatic effect the writers Elena Bailey and Philippa Roxby clearly use wording that promotes any negative sides of vaping while the positives are a footnote.
Maybe I am wrong in my surmising of the article so why not read it for yourself here at the BBC: