One of the primary concerns among vapers and non-vapers alike is the prevalence of second-hand chemicals put off by the vapor clouds. For years, scientists have been hard at work educating the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke, which could prove tremendously harmful to children and other innocent bystanders.
However, with growing awareness of secondhand smoke came a public distrust of secondhand vapor. Fortunately, researchers have come into the picture to clear up the misconceptions and let us know that secondhand vapor is not harmful, even in a densely clouded room.
New Research, New Answers
A recent study conducted by the California Department of Public Health measured the quantity of 20 different chemicals in the air that is commonly found in cigarettes. These chemicals are known carcinogens or are otherwise known to cause long-term health defects in secondhand smoke.
Not surprisingly, when testing a vapor-filled space, these chemicals were either absent or they were at or below the level of ambient air. This is because most e-liquids contain only four ingredients rather than the hundreds of complex ingredients that are found in traditional cigarettes.
Plus, the combustion process alone releases chemicals from cigarettes that are not produced at all in a vapor device.
A similar study conducted by the Public Library of Science in San Diego measured general air pollutants in the homes of non-smokers, smokers, and vapers. This study was conducted in more than 300 households where pollutant-measuring equipment was installed to measure the ambient air and transmit data over time.
More than 40 of those households had vapers in them, and throughout the study, none of the vaping households saw an increased level of air pollutants.
What About the Nicotine?
Another surprising result of this study was the lack of nicotine found in the resultant vapor. While traditional cigarettes tend to give off a level of nicotine that can cause minute addiction even in non-smokers, the secondhand vapor is free of nicotine. This is because the liquid nicotine is vaporized more completely and absorbed by the vaper directly. There isn’t much left over to exhale.
Real Life Samples
Perhaps the most notable part of these recent studies is how they have been made to mimic real life. Early studies of secondhand vapor were often discredited due to researchers intentionally overheating vapor to create a burnt hit, which obviously released combustible chemicals from the wick.
These new studies have been done inside of vaper’s homes and businesses where the secondhand vapor is created naturally and without forced overheating. These studies are a better depiction of the actual risks associated with vaping, and they aren’t being manipulated by unrealistic methodologies.
This new round of research is the most definitive answer yet to critics of the vaping movement. Vape news outlets have widely reported on the results of these studies, although much of the public still hasn’t seen these results, and major news outlets have failed to quell the public fear.
Even now, Australia vaping laws consider vaping as dangerous or more dangerous than traditional tobacco products and have not changed despite these results.
It will be up to AU vape news outlets to help educate the public on the benefits of vaping to the public health. The more people understand about secondhand vapor, the easier it will be to make the switch and provide support services to vapers, rather than forcing them out with the secondhand smoke they are desperately trying to get away from.
Share the News and Spread the Word
Here at VaporFi, we hope to be part of the solution by presenting vapor-related news to the people of Australia to spread the word.