Vaping is a relatively “recent” phenomenon, and as with anything new that could potentially enter our bodies, some people are concerned that it’s not a particularly healthy practice. This also applies to those who do not vape themselves but are concerned about passive vaping. We’ll take a look at the facts to see if passive vaping is something to worry about, or if it’s not even a cause for concern.
What is second hand vaping?
Passive vaping is inhaling the vapor from an e-cigarette. An e-cigarette being used by a person in close proximity. The concerns about passive vaping stem from health warnings about the potential risks of inhaling second-hand smoke. A few years ago, the public was informed about the risks of smoking around other people, how it increases the likelihood of suffering from certain tobacco-related diseases.
If you passively inhale the fumes of someone using nicotine, you will also inhale some nicotine. However, the amount of nicotine you inhale from some people using an e-cigarette is only a fraction of the amount you would inhale if someone were smoking around you.
What goes in an e-cigarette?
In order to use an e-cigarette, you must have e-liquid. This e-liquid creates vapor, it’s not a combustible system like a cigarette which then creates smoke. Typically, the e-liquid is either based on propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, or a combination of both. This is then combined with natural or artificial flavors to create interesting flavors. Some people then opt for e-liquid with added nicotine, but this is optional depending on what you want to use your vape for. It’s best to try different combinations from a quality manufacturer. With so many choices, you’re sure to find a flavor that suits you.
What does science say about passive vaping?
Studies on this topic are still ongoing. The studies that have been completed so far strongly suggest that passive vaping poses little, if any, danger. In fact, so far they have shown that passive vaping is a non-existent problem. With “no apparent risk to human health from emissions from e-cigarettes based on the compounds analyzed.”
Passive vaping should be avoided.
If you’re not a vaper and want to avoid second-hand vaping as well, just avoid anyone who vapes.
If you are near a vaper, politely ask them if they would like to vape around you. Or refer those around you to our courtesy guide below.
Passive vaping courtesy guide
Science says there is no risk involved in passive vaping. But vaping second-hand is still not as healthy as breathing clean air. Although it’s a lot better for you than inhaling cigarette smoke, which has been linked to numerous diseases over the years.
If you’re a vaper, it’s up to you to understand that many people don’t like being surrounded by passive vaping. Practice polite vaping and ask the people around you if it’s okay to vape around them. Refrain from vaping in areas where there are many people in a confined space. Make sure you are aware of the rules for using e-cigarettes in your local pub, bar and restaurant.
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