While smoking inside the home has been outlawed by many families for years, vaping indoors is still proving to be the subject of a lot of debate, especially for those who criticise the use of e-cigarettes. One of the biggest criticisms thrown at vaping indoors is that it causes air pollution which could be potentially harmful to the health and well-being of non-vapers in the same room. This has led to concerns among e-cig users that they could be unintentionally harming their friends and family members simply by vaping in their own homes.
Although a study was carried out last November by the San Diego State University, showing that there was no measurable difference in air pollution levels among households which permitted indoor vaping when compared with households that did not allow either smoking or vaping indoors, worried vapers have been looking for further reassurance that their device usage inside the home was not harmful to others.
Now, the great news for vapers is that they have the reassurance that they have been seeking, which comes in the form of the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report which has gone further in its testing, and which has actually improved on the claims of the earlier study. This latest research, which was carried out on a vape shop’s premises, revealed that the air only showed measurable levels for two substances, and both of these were measured at levels which were well below the current occupational exposure limit. This proves clearly that vaping does not produce harmful levels of air pollution.
The Safety Of Vaping At Home
Far from causing significant air pollution in the home which could affect the health and well-being of other adults and children in the family, e-cigarettes have been conclusively shown to produce a level of potentially dangerous substances in the indoor environment that is mostly undetectable, and certainly not harmful to human beings. On the other hand, smoking has been shown to be the major cause of detrimental effect on health in the home, and even activities which are usually considered to be safe such as frying food or using cleaning products have been shown to reduce the quality of air indoors, especially in smaller properties.
It appears that vapers who have been worried that their use of e-cigarettes inside their home could be inadvertently polluting their environment can relax in the light of this new evidence. If even the levels in a vape shop can be tested at well below the dangerous level of airborne contaminants, they can rest assured that responsible personal use in the home will not have any detrimental effect on the other people inside the property.
Changing Public Opinion
Despite the release of this study, it appears that there is still a long way to go when it comes to changing widely held public opinions regarding the safety of indoor vaping. It seems that many non-vapers are clinging on tightly to the views that being exposed to vapor can somehow harm their health or cause pollution in much the same way as being exposed to second hand smoke can. While mounting evidence is piling up to show that this is a misconception, it is clear that even more research will need to be carried out to support the evidence if the general public are going to eventually change their minds and recognize that they will not be harmed by others vaping around them.
The more statistics come to light to back up the expert evidence which is already out there to demonstrate the safety of e-cigarette usage, the easier the argument will be when skeptics put forward their concerns. Studies like these have a key role to play in changing the momentum of the fight against e-cigarettes, and in convincing scientists and experts of the many benefits to be found in vaping rather than smoking. When this latest evidence is paired with the existing report from the Royal College of Physicians which finds that e-cigs are 95% safer than standard tobacco cigarettes, it is harder than ever to provide a legitimate reason for suppressing their use as an aid for quitting smoking.