Many dramatic stories began to appear about the dangers of electronic cigarettes and vaping. Some even begin to compare vape in Pakistan with harm to ordinary cigarettes.
When you start to engage in controversy with vape haters, you sometimes do not have enough arguments to fend off vape haters. And in this case, it usually boils down to the fact that e-cigarettes have not been studied very well. And it is true that only a few long-term studies exist conducted in the last decade. The reason is that e-cigarettes and vaping become really popular only during the past decade.
What we know about the dangers of conventional cigarettes allows us to imagine that vaping is more harmful as well. And thus, passive vaping is so dangerous, and you should worry about breathing secondhand vapor.
Often mentioned by health professionals, passive smoking is a scourge for those around smokers. What about the e-cigarette? Is the vapor emitted by it also harmful to health? Can it impact those around you?
Many questions emerge, and we will provide answers to these in this post.
What is Passive Vaping?
Passive or secondhand vaping is the counterpart of passive smoking.
Concretely, it is the fact of vaping in the presence of non-smokers or non-vapors is dangerous. They are exposed to the negative effects of vapor and its various components, especially nicotine. However, vaping with flavored food-grade liquids is not harmful to others. It means that only the addition of nicotine harms those surrounding vapors.
Combustion is the source of the smoke. A mixture of dangerous byproducts is produced when substances are burned with fire. These substances can be anything like leaves or any plant material, wood, or tobacco. When burned, they produce carbon monoxide, volatile gasses, and other hazardous byproducts like tar. In the vaping case, secondhand smoke or passive vaping is not as hazardous as directly vaping through an e-cigarette. However, if you will expose regularly and for a longer time to vapor, it is considered a serious hazard, if you breathe nicotine.
Is the vapor emitted by an e-cigarette hazardous to others?
It is not very easy to answer this question in negative. However, it has been shown to be much less detrimental than conventional nicotine smoking.
Inhaling nicotine through conventional cigarettes is indeed extremely dangerous for the human body, if only because of combustion. In addition to the paper which is treated with various toxic substances, the smoke itself contains around 4000 chemical compounds. Some of these compounds are recognized as carcinogenic (causing or tending to cause cancer).
The California Department of Public Health has analyzed air samples from vape shops around the state. This was part of an initiative to ascertain the health effects of ‘secondhand’ vaping (being in the same room as the e-cigarette user).
One of the samples for this report was taken from a relatively small and unventilated vape shop. In that shop, many of the employees and 13 visitors were actively hovering while sampling air. So, this can be considered as corresponding to a high level of “passive” vaping. But despite these “disadvantageous” conditions for vapors, the results still do not show any alarming levels of any dangerous substances.
Another research to date is by Igor Burstyn of Drexel University in Philadelphia. In this work, the scientist analyzes existing studies on the effect of vapor from an e-cigarette on others’ human body. Igor Burstyn correlated the possible effect of vapor from e-cigarette with the limiting norms of the working environment. The goal was to look at whether passive vaping is harmful or not.
After more than 9,000 observations, the scientist came to the following conclusions:
- There are few risks from inhalation of propylene glycol or glycerin, or more precisely, that they can affect health.
- The influence on the people around the vapor is even more minimal.
- The possible risk can only be for the wiper himself.
The researcher argued that the chemistry of liquids and aerosols associated with e-cigarettes are not harmful. They added that there is no evidence that vapors lead to inhalation exposure to aerosol contaminants, affecting human health.
It has become known that many of the studies on which the position of the opponents was based were fabricated. And, this is simply to influence the actions of lawmakers.
What is The Risk For Children?
E-cigarette vapor contains suspended droplets of vegetable glycerin in the first place. This is all the more true as many vapes abandon propylene glycol, which is quite irritating, for liquids containing mainly glycerol.
The glycerol being quite fatty tends to clutter the bronchi. Although this is occasional and has no real long-term effect, children and infants are extremely susceptible to lung infections. This is because their lungs are still in the development stage. If there is no real risk, it is still clearly not recommended to vape near children.
In real life, passive vaping poses no health threat. When it comes to vape, there is no concrete evidence that it poses any kind of threat to those in the surroundings.
Pak Vapes, a leading e-liquid, and vape accessories provider in Pakistan, recommend you don’t worry about breathing secondhand vapor. If you are exposed in your home or at the workspace, passive vaping is not an issue at all.