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Is Second Hand Vapor from E-Cigarettes Dangerous?


Millions of people around the globe are now hooked on the newest, and possibly safer alternative to smoking which is vaping. Throughout the ages, experts have been finding a way to reduce the risk of smokers getting health complications from smoking a tobacco cigarette, and it seems like e-cigarette or vape has provided the answered for this pursuit.

But despite its popularity, e-cigarettes and its users are still facing negative criticisms from many people these days, especially from those who don’t really know how this thing works and how different its component and ingredient is from a typical tobacco cigarette.

One of the much-debated topics about e-cigarettes is whether the second-hand vapor it produces has potential health risks for non-users or not. But before we answer that question, it has to be clarified that whether you smoke tobacco or an e-cigarette, it is simply wrong and disrespectful to smoke or vape in public areas where the general public can unwillingly inhale the second-hand vapor you produce.

That said, we cannot deny the fact there are few delinquent e-cigarette users who still use their device in public spaces. There could also be some situations where a non-user has willingly joined a group of e-cigarette users in the midst of their vaping session. These instances have raised the question of whether long-term or even short-term exposure to second-hand vapor poses a serious threat to the respiratory health of non-users.

So, should we worry about second-hand vapor of e-cigarettes or not? To answer this question, a very interesting infographic from Vape Icon has revealed some surprising and mind-opening facts that will help you better understand how vaping works, and how the vapor it produces is very much different than those of tobacco cigarettes.




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3 thoughts on “Is Second Hand Vapor from E-Cigarettes Dangerous?”

  1. An Alpena MI man recently died from vaping fentanyl,
    an opioid, in an e-cigarette. E-cigarettes are stealth
    drug paraphernalia which can be odorless and are
    therefore used undetected, even in public, to inhale
    opioids, methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine
    and THC, among others. Bystanders are also
    exposed to these drugs when they are in the
    vicinity of a drug addict vaping them. Analyses of
    e-liquids has found ethanol (ethyl alcohol) in them
    and research on the effects of vaping it shows it
    diminishes motor skills, meaning vaping and
    driving is DUI alcohol.
    Tobacco companies are drug pushers and nicotine e-cigarettes are one of their tobacco products. The health risks of e-cigarettes have actually been known for years because they emit synthetic fog generated the same way as AC electricity powered fog machines. The battery power source of e-cigarettes even adds a gruesome new health risk because they explode and burn, propelling broken parts like shrapnel, searing throats, perforating tongues, breaking jaws, shattering teeth, blistering lips, lacerating eyelids, puncturing cheeks, blinding eyes, charring hands, incinerating clothing and fracturing cervical vertebrae resulting in paralysis.
    E-cigarettes are battery powered synthetic fog toys available with nicotine and flavors. They give adults desperate to quit smoking tobacco a false sense of harm reduction, plus children who never smoked tobacco are lured into substance abuse to taste and smell flavors, with visual thrills from the fog, addicting them to nicotine, and ultimately most of them start smoking tobacco also.
    So, long term damage from inhalation of e-cigarette emissions by both users and bystanders is already well known because they generate emissions/vapor with propylene glycol/glycerin heated by electric coils exactly the way special effects/theatrical artificial fog machines electrically heat propylene glycol/glycerin, with occupational safety authorities having known for over a decade that exposure to that synthetic fog is hazardous to both workers and audiences who inhale it.
    See: Smoke and Fog Hazards, By Michael McCann, Ph.D., C.I.H., Center for Safety in the Arts, 1991, University of Illinois Chicago;
    American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 47, Issue 5, May 2005, Pages 411–418, Effects of theatrical smokes and fogs on respiratory health in the entertainment industry,
    Sunil Varughese MSc,
    Kay Teschke PhD,
    Michael Brauer ScD,
    Yat Chow MSc,
    Chris van Netten PhD,
    Susan M. Kennedy PhD,
    first published:12 April 2005; Ontario Ministry of Labour, Fog and Smoke Safety Guideline for the Live Performance Industry in Ontario, Issued: August 2005, Content last reviewed: September 2012; Ontario Ministry of Labour, Guideline No. 9: Smoke and Fog | Safety Guidelines for the Film and Television Industry in Ontario, ISBN: 978-1-4249-9952-1, Issued: November 1990, Revised: June 2009, Content last reviewed: March 2011; Ontario R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 833: CONTROL OF EXPOSURE TO BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL AGENT, under Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1, Versions current July 1, 2016, Table 1 Ontario Table of Occupational Exposure limits-Propylene glycol; Safe Stages by Theatre Alberta and Alberta Human Services.
    Minors have been major consumers of e-liquids/e-cigarettes when it has been known all along that they should not be handled by children. The warnings to consumers about emissions from propylene glycol heated by electric coils in fog machines have been available for years on the Halloween fog liquid labels:

    https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207508101847359&id=1433395014&set=p.10207508101847359&source=47&__tn__=R

    “This product is not intended for use by children.”:

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    Add to that the fact that e-cigarettes often inflict property damage (e.g. car fires), third degree burns and ballistic trauma when they explode; that they emit some of the same carcinogens and toxins in tobacco smoke (formaldehyde); that they emit some toxins and carcinogens not even found in tobacco smoke (propylene oxide, chromium, glycidol); and enough is already known for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to block e-cigarette importation plus order e-cigarette recalls, and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate nicotine e-liquid in e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Without waiting for action by those agencies, local and state governments plus hospitals, universities and companies can protect employees and the public by making vaping e-cigarettes illegal everywhere smoking cigarettes is already outlawed in their jurisdictions.
    E-cigarette and e-liquid peddlers initially tried to give their customers and bystanders a false sense of safety by claiming that e-cigarette emissions are only water (by the way, water vapor is also a byproduct of burning tobacco, just like any combustion, so it doesn’t make vaping safe), but as laboratory evidence has proved that to be false they now claim that it is safer than tobacco smoke because there is no ‘tar’, however even without tobacco smoke the nicotine itself is dangerous because it damages arteries and the heart (habitual e-cigarette use was associated with a shift in cardiac autonomic balance toward sympathetic predominance and increased oxidative stress, both associated with increased cardiovascular risk) and is a powerful neurotoxin. Nicotine is so poisonous that synthetic analogs of it called neonicotinoids are used as pesticides. Inhaling nicotine by either vaping nicotine e-liquids or smoking tobacco is like huffing bug spray.
    The wording of “E-cigarette: an evidence update. A report commissioned by Public Health England” (sometimes attributed to the Royal College of Physicians) that said that “best estimates show e-cigarette are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes” is flimsy, and their “95%” statistic turns out to be a feeble guess, not a real percentage based on mathematics using data or measurements.
    Recently attention has been focused on banning laptop computers from airliners as bomb threats yet none has been directed at e-cigarettes, which have an e-liquid container of flammable fluid which could easily be replaced with an explosive substance. E-cigarettes must be banned from not only checked bags but also all carry-on bags, including pockets and purses.
    Finally, most people who vape e-cigarettes continue to smoke cigarettes anyway, resorting to e-cigs only when they are in places where smoking tobacco is not allowed.
    E-cigarettes are bogus harm reduction, a smoking cessation hoax and a threat to public health and safety.

  2. My motor skillz!!!!!!!! They’re failing!!!! Someone help!!! I can’t stop vaping!!! It’s addicting. Someone must’ve thrown some meth in mine! I would pay to go to rehab but I had to spend all my saving on medical bills when my regulated device with safety protections blew up in my hand. Sadly, even if I had the money to spend on rehab I would have to turn it over to the courts to pay the settlement in my liability case because when my portable crack pipe exploded it was like a grenade and injured all the little kids in Oklahoma. I guess I could’ve just been like everyone else that smokes meth and just hidden it from public by going into the restroom or around a corner but I have found that being stealthy with this big ass mod in my hand and chucking clouds at every innocent person within a quarter mile radius, allows me to get high and stay high ALL THE TIME!. I remember when I was younger and we used to use $20 bills to snort coke of hooker’s asses. That really riled people up and they ended up banning $20 bills for a decade.

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