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Arm Yourselves With Vaping Truth Bombs And Shut Down the Anti Vaping Brigade Easily!

As a vaper I’m sure like me you’ve been faced with the anti vaping know it all at work – in your family or down your local pub – who continually spouts rubbish on the dangers of all things vape.

These folks are usually fed their false and at times scary information from the mainstream media – generally a tabloid shock piece – and as I’m sure you know can be extremely vociferous.

Faced with a barrage of fake news and false information it’s tempting to ignore them or mumble something about vaping being 95% safer – but arm yourself with the key facts and suddenly you’re the expert in the room.

Trust me these types of brow beating verbal bullies really don’t like real hard facts 😉

As I said in my article Changing Those UK Pub Vape Bans One Bar At A Time Through “Considerate Vaping” – like it or lump it those of us who vape are ambassadors and even advocates for all vapers.

How we act and conduct ourselves whilst vaping in public places has a real impact on the public’s perception of vaping and this really does include those around you who still smoke.

And just as importantly when we’re faced with at times indignant – if ignorant – anti-vapers then like most things knowledge is the key.

OK so based on my personal discussions/arguments [some heated lol] with the anti-vape brigade and the ill-informed – here’s my crib sheet on how to tackle those anti-vaping ‘experts’ you will most definitely meet whilst out and about.

I’ve listed the main arguments I’ve faced over the last couple of years and as I’m sure there’s many more – please add them to comments and we’ll grow this piece together.

OK these are bullet points – and not detailed rebuttals – for more info I have linked to relevant articles and studies.

Vaping Causes Popcorn Lung…

I was told I was probably ‘going to die’ from this disease on the Saturday of this year’s Vaper Expo by a bloke in the pub where I’m allowed to vape. – a nice end to an enjoyable if tiring day lol.

Key Facts on the ‘Popcorn Lung’ Argument

  • Popcorn Lung is a respiratory disease – bronchiolitis obliterans
  • It is believed to be caused by inhaling HUGE amounts of the chemical Diacetyl
  • It gets the name Popcorn Lung after workers in a popcorn factory became ill with the disease
  • Diacetyl adds a buttery creamy flavour to foods
  • Diacetyl is now removed from 99.9999% of ALL e-liquids – a decision by juice manufacturers NOT legislation – self regulation in action
  • Lit tobacco creates far more Diacetyl than any e-liquids that contained it and NO smokers have ever contracted Popcorn Lung

Key Quote Rebutting Popcorn Lung and Vaping

Given the vast majority of e-liquids no longer contain Diacetyl it’s a bit of a mute argument however vape advocate and tobacco expert Professor Michael Siegel said:

…daily exposure to diacetyl from smoking is 750 times higher, on average than exposure to diacetyl from vaping.

You Know You’re Vaping On Formaldehyde Right?

This is one of the favourites of the know it all brigade and usually comes with the added tag “that’s what they pump into dead bodies…”

Key Facts on the Formaldehyde Argument

  • These findings come from a study back in 2015 long since rebutted many times by real experts
  • The method was flawed as the temperatures used on the devices were so high it would be impossible to vape on them
  • Every vaper knows how bad a ‘dry hit’ tastes and feels – you’d need to vape on that for weeks even months to receive dangerous doses of any aldehyde
  • Burnt meat and even toast produces more aldehydes than vaping in normal conditions ever could
  • Therefore burned toast and charred bar-b-q meat is far more dangerous than vaping

formaldehyde and vaping

Key Quote Rebutting Vaping and Formaldehyde

When a chicken is burned, the resulting black crisp will contain carcinogens but that does not mean that chicken are carcinogenic. Without overheating the e-liquid, no formaldehyde was detected.

Professor Peter Hajek

The Passive Vaping Argument

Probably one of the most popular opening statements any vaper faces – you know you’re about to enter the “vaping is as bad as smoking” row when this is the opening gambit.

And given even the World Health Organization believes so called passive vaping is a health risk – we vapers have our work cut out rebutting this one.

Or do we?

Key Facts on the Passive Vaping Argument

    • In 2018 Public Health England says there is no evidence of a threat from passive vaping
    • A 2014 study by ‘greener environment’ scientists found no negative health risks from passive vaping
    • California government officials tried to bury findings from a huge study that found NO harmful chemicals in e-cigarette vapour after testing numerous cloud filled vape shops – all without ventilation
    • Unlike lit tobacco e-liquid vapour does not give off carcinogens found in smoke from burning tobacco – the cause of most smoking related cancers to smokers and passers by

Chest health expert Professor Riccardo Polosa told UK MPs the air in London is more concerning than e-cigarette vapour

passive vaping myth

Key Quote Rebutting the Passive Vaping Argument

…the levels of nicotine absorbed from “passive vaping” are not only harmless but do not even produce any biological effect (not even heart rate acceleration).

Considering the possibility that allowing e-cigarette use in public places may motivate smokers to switch to e-cigarette use, there is no scientific basis for any bans on e-cigarette use in public places.

Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos

Vaping Leaves Heavy Metals In The Brain…

The so called scientists made this shocking claim after testing just 56 vapers…yes really.

Apparently taking a toot off your favourite vape leads to heavy metals leeching into your brain leading to damage and even cancer.

However the rebuttal here is a simple as NO in this case as the methodology and findings despite the coverage in mainstream media are simply preposterous.

Key Facts on the Heavy Metals Argument

  • The starting point for the experiment was flawed
  • The measurements were tiny
  • Vapers would need to vape 100mls of e-liquid per day for years to get close to even approved levels of contact with heavy metals

Key Quote Rebutting the Heavy Metals Argument

The authors once again confuse themselves and everyone else by using environmental safety limits related to exposure with every single breath – and apply them to vaping.

However humans take more than 17,000 breaths per day but only 400-600 puffs from an e-cigarette.

Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos

Vaping Gives You Pneumonia…

Scientists were really proud of themselves with this one.

Basically they say bacteria we all have from time to time in our airway passageways can ‘react’ with vapour with or without nicotine and bring on pneumonia.

Not so say the real experts in both health and vaping.

Key Facts on the Pneumonia Argument

  • The test was carried out on mice
  • Studies show none smokers that tried vaping had less chest infections than before
  • Smokers who switched to vaping had considerably less respiratory issues
  • PG – Propylene Glycol – in e-liquids is also used in asthma inhalers

Key Quote Rebutting the Vaping Gives You Pneumonia Argument

Previous work suggests smokers who switched from smoking to vaping report no increase, but in fact a significant decrease in respiratory infections.

Professor Peter Hajek

You Know That Vaping Damages Your DNA Don’t You?

Another shockingly bad study suggested that nicotine and the vapour from e-cigarettes was likely to screw with your DNA so much it might cause cancer.

I called BS as soon as I saw this one and was right to…

Key Facts on the DNA Damage Argument

  • Methods used had nothing to do with vaping
  • Test carried out on mice and other animals do NOT compare to humans
  • Human cells were SUBMERGED in shop bought liquid nicotine [yes really]
  • No comparison made to lit tobacco
  • Vapers show a 97% reduction in carcinogens compared to smokers

Key Quote Rebutting the DNA Damage Theory


Human cells were submerged in nicotine and in off-the-shelf bought carcinogenic nitrosamines. It is not surprising of course that this damaged the cells, but this has no relationship to any effects of e-cigarettes on people who use them.

Professor Peter Hajek

Vaping Is Gonna Give You A Heart Attack…

Scientists were once again almost gleeful earlier this year in once again linking vaping to ‘arterial stiffness‘.

However what they failed to tell you was the same effect on the body comes from drinking a cup of coffee or watching TV for extended periods of time such as Netflix binges for instance.


I go into much greater detail on vaping and the health of your heart HERE.

  • Nicotine has the same effect on the body as drinking coffee or binging on TV
  • Arterial stiffness sounds scary but is low risk to health

Key Quote Rebutting the Vaping Will Give You A Heart Attack Argument

…the key question is whether they are as harmful as conventional cigarettes, and this seems very unlikely, particularly if they are used as a bridge to quitting all cigarettes completely.

Dr Tim Chico

Nicotine Gives You Cancer…So Vaping Is As Dangerous As Smoking…

The big daddy of all the vaping arguments next to passive vaping I suppose.

And the simple answer once again is a resounding NO nicotine does NOT give you cancer.

It might be addictive – like caffeine is – but it’s certainly NOT a carcinogen.

  • Nicotine is a natural substance not just found in tobacco but other plants and fruit
  • Caffeine and nicotine are toxic but perfectly fine in moderation
  • The tar in lit tobacco causes carcinogens NOT the nicotine
  • Nicotine is linked to improved memory and brain function [fighter pilots use it to stay alert]
  • An e-cigarette contains smaller amounts than lit tobacco
  • No evidence that nicotine causes heart disease or cancer
  • Most vapers reduce their nicotine levels on their vaping journey
  • If nicotine was so bad why is it in approved gums and patches?

Key Quote Rebutting the Nicotine Gives You Cancer Scare

In terms of safety, e-cigarettes are likely far closer to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). NRT has long been known as a much safer alternative to smoking.

The most important thing for your health is to stop using tobacco.

Cancer Reasearch UK

Launch Those Vaping Truth Bombs!

These are just some of the arguments we vapers face pretty much on a daily basis and being armed with the facts not only helps you win the ‘argument’ but also might get smokers off the cancer sticks.

And that is surely one of if not the most important thing those of us who vape can do – it’s literally saving lives.

Like or or not the public’s perception of vaping whilst slowly coming round to a more positive attitude is still led by the mainstream media that continues to attack vaping and indeed vapers.

So next time you’re faced with that annoyingly smug anti vaper – launch a few fact bombs trust me the reaction is priceless.

Infographic cancer research uk vaping safer than smoking

And when I say vaping truth bombs – how about keeping the image above on your phone.

If Cancer Research UK is endorsing all things vape then surely they along with all the other medical organizations on side are right and maybe just maybe Mr or Mrs KnowItAll might be quite literally blowing smoke out of their smug ignorant arses?

Neil Humber
I began vaping in 2012 and found it easy to give up a 40 per day roll-up habit! DTL: Lost Vape DNA75C BF - Dead Rabbit SQ - MTL: JacVapour Sandstorm DNA 75 + Savour RTA...Beater set-up Lost Vape DNA 250c and Reload RTA I'm a former journalist and now a writer and author.. I'm an Army veteran - adore dogs and never happier than with a good book on a beach.



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