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Is Second Hand Vapor Harmful?

Vapor is not blowing smoke

Vaping detractors are big on promoting doubt about e-cigarettes. While they're unable to point to any definite risks of vaping, they're quick to tell you that "we just can't be sure," or "we don't have long-term studies." And that's true. The problem, of course, is that we do know about smoking's dangers, and we know enough about the potential health risks of vaping to understand that it's highly unlikely that e-cigarettes could be even remotely as dangerous. second hand vapor However, one possible risk that's often used as an example of how little we know - so-called secondhand vapor - is actually fairly well understood. Scientists who've taken a serious look at "environmental vapor" (that is, vapor exhaled by the vaper and then inhaled by bystanders) have come up with very little to wave their arms and scream about.

We know about secondhand smoke...sort of

secondhand smoke Without going into the debate on this issue in detail, it appears that regular inhalation of secondhand cigarette smoke can be harmful. However, after a couple decades of studies that seemed to call out secondhand smoke for being just about as bad as the stuff smokers actually inhale directly, new information began casting doubt on the dangers. Because frankly a lot of the evidence on secondhand smoke looks to have been ginned up by activists intent on banning smoking in all public places, including privately-owned establishments like bars and restaurants. A recent story by Jacob Grier specifically detailed how University of California-San Francisco cardiology prof-turned-anti-smoking zealot Stanton Glantz exaggerated the effects of a smoking ban on heart attacks caused by secondhand smoke in Helena, Montana (the so-called "Helena Miracle" study). Many of the secondhand smoke studies look a lot like some of the terrible vaping studies: thinly disguised calls for banning something the researchers (or their patrons) don't like. "The strongest reason to avoid passive cigarette smoke is to change societal behavior: to not live in a society where smoking is a norm," Northwestern University's Dr. Jyoti Patel told Forbes. The Glantzes of the world call it "denormalization." They can't get enough of it. Hey, I'm not here to defend smoking. It's bad for you and I wish people wouldn't do it. But it's useful to note that the same people who claim secondhand smoke is a health crisis of gargantuan proportions are also involved in the fear mongering about so-called secondhand e-cig vapor - or, as they like to say to confuse the issue, "vape smoke" or "vapor smoke." Because they fear that vaping will "renormalize" smoking.

Is secondhand vapor a risk to bystanders?

I'll save you some trouble if you haven't guessed already. The answer is no, there is no evidence at all that suggests any risk to bystanders from secondhand vapor, or aerosol, which is the technical description of what is inhaled and exhaled from an e-cigarette. No legitimate scientist who's looked at this has come up with anything concrete they can pin on vapor. Oh, there's some mights and maybes, but there always are in science - and especially in this science.

Other studies

There have been several studies funded by manufacturers, like this one from Imperial Tobacco's Fontem Ventures. The findings have shown that because e-cig vapor dissipates quickly, breathing it passively poses very little risk, if any. In a study by the Spanish Council of Scientific Research, researchers compared cigarette smoke and e-cig vapor for 156 volatile organic compounds (VOC's), and found nothing of concern. As Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos wrote, "The results of the study basically showed that indoor air and normal exhaled breath contains more VOCs that the e-cigarette aerosol!" In a 2013 study, a team of American and Polish scientists, including Maciej Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, measured nicotine, aerosol particles, carbon monoxide, and VOC's emitted by various e-cigarettes. They also found some passive exposure to nicotine - 10 times lower than from cigarette smoke - but nothing else to raise concern. "Using an e-cigarette in indoor environments may involuntarily expose nonusers to nicotine but not to toxic tobacco-specific combustion products," they concluded.

Breathe easy, bystanders

vaping girl The bottom line is that scientists looking for things to worry about can't find any. Does that mean vapers should flout social conventions and blow huge clouds everywhere they go? No. We should be courteous and respect non-vapers' wishes to not breath our offensive fruit- and dessert-scented emissions. But there is no proven health risk to secondhand vapor. Despite what the paranoid proponents of denormalization say, there is no vape smoke. That said, we still face adoption of laws that make it illegal for private businesses to allow vaping on their premises, which implies that there is some danger to secondhand e-cig vapor. Public use laws need to be fought, because they contribute to the fear among smokers that vaping is not a safer alternative for lovers of nicotine. So, when you testify at your city council hearing, take the studies listed above and spread the word. Vaping is safer for smokers, and it's far safer for those around us. Source: http://vaping360.com/is-second-hand-vapor-harmful/

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