In a new study conducted by Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Fontem Ventures, it was found that e cig vapor has very different properties from traditional cigarette smoke. The results of this study were published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research and suggest that e cig vapor does not affect indoor air quality because the particles dissipate within seconds, allowing air in rooms to return to normal almost instantaneously. This was the case in both ventilated and un-ventilated rooms.
E Cig Vapor vs. Traditional Cigarettes
Smoke from combustible cigarettes behaves very differently. It lingers in the air for 45 minutes to an hour. The air quality in a room affected by traditional cigarettes does not return to normal for about an hour after the last puff is taken. Dr. Grant O’Connell, Senior Author of the Study, had this to say about the results:
“No accumulation of particles was registered in the room following subjects’ vaping. This shows us how fundamentally different exhaled e-vapour particles are compared to those released when smoking conventional cigarettes, the latter of which linger in the air for longer periods of time.”
Indeed, e cig vapor is liquid droplets as opposed to smoke obtained from burning. This study also hints at the fact that this vapor would also behave VERY differently in the lungs, and likely be A LOT less harmful (and not accumulate in the tissue). Of course, this is just an assumption. The process used in the study consisted of vapers using open and closed systems in a closed room, followed by scientists measuring the particulate in the air at various intervals of time.
Despite there being a smear campaign against vaping, this study proves that there is little, to no, consequences of public vaping. Dr. Grant O’Connell says:
“Exhaled e-vapour aerosol particles have a different chemical composition to cigarette smoke and here we show the physical properties are also significantly different. This data adds to the growing body of evidence that vaping indoors is unlikely to pose an air quality issue.”
In 2016, the UK Government urged workplaces to allow their employees to vape indoors. While some workplaces followed suit in the U.S., they are few and far between. It is important to note, that if public places, places of employment and schools were more lenient towards vaping, then the success rate of quitting using e cigs would be even higher than it is now.
This study goes a long way in helping the vape community prove their point that vaping is fundamentally different from traditional smoking.
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