Is second-hand vapor harmful?
- 08 / 12 / 2017
It is well known that smoking forces over 7.000 chemicals down your throat and into your lungs. A cigarette contains toxic substances as carbon monoxide, tar, arsenic, cadmium, formaldehyde etc. The fact that those chemicals are used for rat poison, toilet cleaner, rocket fuel should be scary enough to make you quit smoking. And if you don’t do it for yourself, you should care about the people that are around you, because they are second-hand smokers and their health is in danger.
An alternative for smoking is vaping and despite the fact that initially there were rumors that vaping can do even more harm than a normal cigarette, but, in fact, vaping is not smoking and the e-liquid contains only several ingredients that produce no harmful substances. A study by Public Health England from 2015 concluded that vaping is approximately 95% safer than smoking.
Second-hand vaping isn’t the same as second-hand smoking
Despite the fact that lots of people believe that second-hand vaping is dangerous, a recent study published in the Public Library of Science proved that vaping indoors doesn’t affect the quality of the air so there is no chance in putting anyone at risk.
The study published in the Public Library of Science isn’t the only one that showed that second-hand vapor isn’t harmful. The UK’s Royal College of Physicians made a study and came to the same conclusion. In their study, ‘Nicotine Without Smoke’ they also mentioned that is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes, because they are a substitute of smoking and smoking is a main cause of death all over the world.
Vape aerosol vs. cigarette smoke
A 2015 study conducted by the Spanish Council of Scientific Research compared vape aerosol and cigarette smoke, specifically searching for volatile organic compounds. In the vape aerosol nothing was found and Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos said that the results of the study basically showed that indoor air and normal exhaled breath contains more VOCs that the e-cigarette aerosol. Moreover, the study shows the absence of several toxic compounds not only in exhaled breath but also in the aerosol, which is relevant to the safety of e-cigarettes compared to the huge emissions in tobacco cigarette smoke.
In conclusion, vaping is a successful method to quit smoking and you don’t have to worry about the people that are around you, because they can’t be affected by your vapor.