5 Common Complaints About E-cigs
5 Common Complaints About E-cigs
And how to respond to them in a positive way
Some people seem to have a real problem with E-cigs – though this isn’t surprising. If you’ve ever found that there tends to be a ‘negative stigma’ at work against people who vape, then you’re not alone. Some people seem to have nothing but objections to it, which is why we decided to write this article. Sometimes, all it takes is a healthy, positive, well-put response to deal with complaints – so here are a few that you might find useful.
I would never use an E-cig—it’s just like smoking
This complaint would suggest that the person on the other end of the conversation is actually not very educated about the topic – but don’t let that derail you. Most people have not really looked into electronic cigarettes or done a lot of research about them, especially if they have never considered using them.
This complaint is best responded to with tact and understanding. Tell them that you completely understand their viewpoint, but that E-cigs are actually quite a bit different from cigarettes. At any rate, don’t push the facts on them if they’re not interested—just be ready and willing to share them if the context seems appropriate and positive.
Electronic cigarettes are bad for you—they cause cancer, just like cigarettes
Again, this type of a complaint would suggest that the other person has not really done much research. If you’re faced with a complaint like this, then the best thing to do is to politely acknowledge that you understand their viewpoint, but that E-cigs have actually never been proven to be associated with any real negative health risks.
E-cigs are worse than cigarettes because cigarettes, at least, are made from natural tobacco leaves
This is actually a huge misconception – though it’s important that you are tactful and polite when pointing it out. While some mass-market E-liquids have been shown to contain some less-than-healthy ingredients, a lot of the higher-quality liquids contain only four ingredients – vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavourings, and pharmaceutical-grade nicotine. All of these are safe for human consumption at the proper levels, and none of them are considered dangerous.
If the person doing the vaping has made sure to research the ingredients used in their E-liquid, then there is really no comparison to be made between cigarettes and E-cigs. E-cigs are, by far, safer and much less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are bad because they get kids addicted to tobacco products
This is one of the main fears of E-cig opponents, and for good reason. It would be a very negative thing indeed for a child or a teen to get addicted to E-cigs, only to switch to cigarettes later on. However, it’s important to note that, at this point, statistics seem to indicate that E-cig usage among non-smokers is very minimal.
In an article published on nhs.uk, it would seem that non-smokers are not, in general, really taking up the habit. They also said that ‘regular use of e-cigarettes amongst children and young people was reported to be rare and was confined almost entirely to those who currently or had previously smoked.’ Source: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/04April/Pages/Non-smokers-not-taking-up-the-e-cigarette-habit.aspx.
I don’t like vaping—it creates too much secondhand smoke and isn’t healthy for other people
This is a complaint that you may hear quite often – though it’s also a complaint that contains a pretty significant factual flaw. According to an article published by health.usnews.com, hazardous substances known as ‘particulates’ were 10 times higher in tobacco cigarettes than in the E-cig vapour in a test conducted on one popular E-cig brand. (source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2014/09/03/e-cigarette-vapor-may-be-less-toxic-than-tobacco-smoke-study.)
One doctor, named Peter Hajek, was even quoted in the article to say this…
“The conclusion should be that e-cig vapor is unlikely to pose any risk to bystanders. This tallies with other studies conducted so far…”
Of course, E-cig smoke isn’t as clean or as healthy as pure air, but it definitely seems to be safer and less harmful than tobacco smoke.
Still, with this being said, it’s important to be understanding of the feelings of those around you. If other people have a problem with vaping, then it might be best just to wait until you are by yourself to use your E-cig. It’s definitely not worth making people uncomfortable over, and this is the kind of thing that could make them even more dead-set against the habit.
A little bit of thoughtfulness and empathy goes a long way.