One of the most curious hobbies and habits to take the world by storm is vaping. More and more are trying it every day, with many of these incorporating vaping into their daily habits (to the joy of vape shops, both online and offline). The wonder of this is that many of these vapers are using it to quit smoking, which is unhealthier by leaps and bounds.
Whether you vape or not, you have likely encountered e-cigarette vapour. Unfortunately, not many people know what it actually is. The stigma of secondhand smoke has painted a negative light of it, and understandably so.
The dangers of secondhand smoke
Second-hand smoke contains more than 4000 different compounds, some of which are highly toxic and carcinogenic. Not only is it dangerous to the smoker, but to everyone around them. Even exposure to secondhand smoke, if regularly inhaled, can heighten the risk of heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, and numerous health complications.
What about vapour?
Vapour is not the same as smoke. Certain chemicals might be present in both, such as water, nicotine, flavourings, PG, and VG. The process, however, is what makes it vastly different. Smoke is a byproduct of combustion, but vapour is the direct result of evaporation.
Some studies have found that e-cigarettes do produce trace amounts of formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen present in cigarette smoke. Other studies, such as the one executed by Public Health England, on the other hand, revealed that there was zero or negligible production of formaldehyde at normal settings. PG-containing e-liquids might also pick up heavy metal particles from the coils if exposed to temperatures too high.
If this is a concern for you and your family, you might want to stick to lower-powered and lighter e-cigarettes and other devices.
What is the verdict?
To answer the burning question of whether or not secondhand vapour is dangerous: no, but with a few reservations. Plenty of studies have been done and are still being conducted every day to outline the possible risks of secondhand vapour.
However, the verdict from Public Health England and the NHS remains: there is no evidence that vaping can cause harm to others around you in your household, despite these possibilities. The occurrence of these risks is incredibly minimal, making vaping and smoking e-cigarettes safe for you and everyone around you.
The beauty of these products is that there is no side-stream when the vapour is released. The vapour released in exhalation quickly evaporates and doesn’t linger in the air, fabrics, or furnishings. It dissipates as quickly as it enters the air, making it safe for you and everyone around you. Bystanders do not have to worry about their health.
There is still much to be unravelled in terms of the stigma surrounding vaping. Luckily, science is showing more and more that vaping has nearly none of the risks smoking has. It is also safer and more sustainable than smoking, producing far less waste. There are also plenty of online vape shops ready to answer your questions about vaping.
If you’re looking for an online vape shop to help you quit cigarette smoking, send us at V8PR a message. We have a wide range of products for vapers of all experience levels.