Lately, there have been many calls for regulation based on some of the analysis done on electronic cigarette vapor that is produced. Many concur that although the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes is only a fraction of the harmful chemicals regular tobacco cigarettes have, it is still not safe enough to be used indoors. In fact the United Nation’s WHO (World Health Organization) recently sent out a statement urging nations to consider banning indoor electronic cigarette usage because of some of the chemicals may be harmful (seriously a health organization used the term “may be harmful” to justify a ban, keep in mind this is a scientific organization, I’m still shaking my head).
However, no one has reported the control test that is, how regular human breath compares to the electronic cigarette vapor. It seems many of the chemicals in question are actually naturally produced by the human body when air is exhaled through the lungs. This does begin to raise questions on the legitimacy of some of these studies and whether the levels of ‘chemicals’ are in any way dangerous if the human body is regularly exhaling them anyway.
To be frank lawmakers are referencing these studies for their own agenda against electronic cigarettes. Looking purely at the facts alone many medical professions agree that only trace amounts have been measured in second-hand vapor and nowhere near enough to do any harm to bystanders. Lawmakers argue that they want to ensure no air quality would be compromised and banning electronic cigarettes indoors (and for some areas outdoors as well) would improve the air quality.
This recent study shows that the toxins in question (acetone, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, butanone, and isoprene) are all being released from humans during exhale. Although this study would be met with some extreme scrutiny at first, considering it does not meet the lawmakers agenda. It is my hope that air quality control can no longer be used as an argument to ban electronic cigarettes indoors or outdoors. Unless lawmakers want citizens to start holding their breaths, trace amounts of potential toxins is no longer a valid argument.
For the skeptics out there, let’s compare some of the chemicals found in human breath production to the chemicals found in electronic cigarette vapor production. With acetaldehyde, the electronic cigarette study found second-hand electronic cigarette vapor may be exposed to 5 ppb whereas the human breath study showed 3-7 ppb; that are both pretty darn close. Let’s be conservative with our math and choose the low end of acetaldehyde and say electronic cigarette produces 2 ppb of acetaldehyde. 2 ppb (parts per billion) is next to nothing considering the EPA has deemed ambient environments to have 32 ppb of acetaldehyde. With acetone, the E-Cig study found that devices can create 2 ppb while the human breath study says a person can produce anywhere between 650 – 1900 pbb.
This is definitely a win for the electronic cigarette community! Hopefully, more lawmakers will read the study and understand vapor production is not as harmful as they are deeming it to be. I can understand that for the past few decades we have all been brainwashed by anything being exhaled that is not air to be poisonous and even cancerous. People and especially lawmakers need to get out of this mindset when viewing electronic cigarettes. It may seem too good to be true to have a voice with little to no side effects (time will tell), but back up your case with hard proof and not something cherry-picked to fit the current agenda.