A new study is bringing to light the truth about indoor air quality and how it truly is affected by e-cigarette vapor. The recent research is suggesting that e-cigarette vapor after exhaled by the user will completely dissipate in a matter of seconds, finally putting to rest the concerns critics have voiced over the effect of “second-hand vapor,” and vaping indoors.
The recent study was presented at the Workplace & Indoor Aerosols conference held annually in Barcelona, Spain. The research team consisted of three separate independent research organizations designed to produce fair and honest results.The study had regular vapers use commercially available e-cigarettes in a controlled set of environments to measure the particle concentration that would result in the air surrounding the exhaled vapor. In all controlled environments, even in a non-ventilated room, the scientists observed an almost immediate evaporation of the e-liquid vapor. Within seconds they found the air would return to its originally background levels.
The conclusion of the study states: “This study shows for the first time exhaled e-cigarette particles are liquid droplets that evaporate rapidly upon exhalation. The results presented here may have a positive implication for continued use of e-cigarettes in indoor areas.”
The study was funded by Fontem Ventures, a corporation that owns Blu e-cigarettes among other products currently on the market. As with many studies funded by companies with a financial interest in the e-cigarette market, they have enlisted more than one independent agencies to carry out the scientific study. The Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology and ETH Zurich the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology collaborated to compile and analyze the information and create an ethical and non-biased result.
With new state, county and city regulations being enforced regularly to ban the use of indoor e-cigarettes this study couldn’t come any sooner. While many studies have been conducted about what is in the vapor itself, this study shows that even as benign as vapor can be, the reality is the vapor disappears so quickly second hand inhalation would be nearly impossible.
That is not to say that vapers should go around, blowing clouds in people’s faces or just vape anywhere they please, but there should be no overriding regulation trying to ban it like they have with cigarettes. That has been a major problem for the e-cigarette industry, is that comparison. The study, therefore, sheds an important light on the real difference between e-cigs and their combustible predecessors. Dr. Grant O’Connell, VP of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs for Fontem, points out the contrast of the two, stating the study, “tells us how fundamentally different exhaled e-cigarette particles are compared to those emitted by smoking conventional cigarettes, the latter of which are reported to linger in the air for long periods of time. By contrast, no accumulation of particles was registered in the room following e-cigarette use.”
The truth is, the comparison of cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor needs to be reevaluated; it’s not even like comparing apples to oranges, it’s like comparing apples to poisonous mushrooms.
We already know the dangers of second-hand cigarette smoke, and that it claims over 50,000 lives a year, so why would we compare that to vapor, that is almost impossible for users to inhale second hand. Secondhand vapor, has, of course, claimed no lives, and it looks like it never will. E-cigarettes are always amidst controversy, however, these studies go along way in helping show people that perhaps e-cigarettes and vaping may not be as harmful as the dangerous cigarettes themselves. In fact, that is why e-cigarettes were created in the first place, to be a healthier alternative, and as time goes on studies continue to confirm just that.