Have you been sucked in?
Test your knowledge on vaping with this quick quiz, and find out if you really have been sucked in
It’s really hard to know what is and isn’t true around vaping. Have a look around the site to make sure you don’t get sucked in!
#1. What is a vape cloud made of?
While normally we’d think of ‘vapour’ as pure water, the vapour that comes from e-cigarettes contains solvents, sweeteners, and other chemicals; no water at all!
#2. What does a juice cartridge largely consist of?
Most of what’s in a vape is actually the solvent used to dissolve the other ingredients; none of which are water!
#3. Is vaping harmless?
No matter how much safer vaping may be than smoking, it is NOT without harm. Find out more under the “What are the Risks” section of this site.
#4. When heated too much, some vape ingredients can:
Unfortunately a few of the ingredients in e-liquids can transform and become harmful when overheated, exposing users to all sorts of dangerous chemicals. See our “What’s in a Vape” page for more.
#5. Is vaping less harmful than smoking?
No matter how much less harmful vaping may be than smoking, it is NOT without harm. Find out more under the “What are the Risks” section of this site.
#6. If an ingredient has been approved to eat, does this mean it’s safe to vape?
Just because you can eat something safely doesn’t mean you can breathe it in safely when vaping; the lungs are much more sensitive to many substances, plus some ingredients change their properties when heated and can become unsafe.
#7. Are vape flavours harmful?
Yes some flavours can cause harm as we now know diacetyl, cinnamon and some other flavours do cause harm to the lungs
#8. Do vapes have the risk of exploding?
While extremely rare, yes, it is possible for damaged or poor quality vape mods to explode. Whether it’s due to adding bad ingredients, faulty batteries, or some other reason, we are not sure.
#9. Is vaping a Medsafe approved method for quitting smoking?
Whether or not vaping can really help people quit smoking is still unclear. A lot of people who smoke report that they have been able to quit using vaping and some clinical trials have shown it can be effective at helping people quit in some circumstances. However, there are lots of other methods that have been shown to work and it is a good idea to talk to a health professional or contact the Quitline (quit.org.nz or call free on 0800 778 778 or text 4006) if you want advice and support to quit. In summary, it can be effective at helping some people quit, but it doesn’t work for all.
#10. Can nicotine be damaging?
Nicotine is the highly addictive drug found in tobacco, and also in some vapes. It’s one of the hardest things to give up, with addiction and withdrawal causing both physical and psychological effects. As well as being addictive, nicotine may have some direct harmful effects. For example, nicotine increases your heart rate and blood pressure and, in youth and young adults, nicotine may harm brain development.