Passive vaping myths exposed
The negative effects of breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke from cigarettes have been well documented and, over the years, tobacco companies have launched campaigns to help people to understand why smoking in cars and other enclosed spaces is harmful to those around them. When it comes to vaping, passive smoking is no longer an issue; however, there are many people who believe otherwise.
Busting the myth that passive vaping is harmful is something that will take time and education, as there is plenty of misinformation fuelling the fire; however, short-term studies have shown that passive vaping is completely harmless and that air quality is not compromised in any way by e-cigarette vapour.
Tobacco cigarettes contain thousands of harmful chemicals, with tests showing that second-hand smoke contains high volumes of tar, carbon monoxide, ammonia and nitrosamines. These toxins are all breathed in when a smoker lights up, with prolonged exposure to second-hand smoke potentially leading to asthma, respiratory infections or even cancer.
In contrast, e-cigarettes make use of e-liquid, which contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, food-grade flavouring, and potentially nicotine. It is this e-liquid that creates the vapour and any passive vapers will inhale only these non-toxic ingredients.
Propylene glycol is used as a flavour enhancer in food and products such as toothpaste, while vegetable glycerine is the liquid that helps vapers to create the large clouds with which they are so enamoured. Passive vapers are not exposed to any harmful chemicals; at the worst, they may feel a little hungry if the vapour has a delicious scent.
As tobacco cigarettes have gained a deservedly bad reputation, many people tar e-cigarettes with the same brush. This is due to a lack of education on the topic and it can be hard to change someone’s opinion if they feel that your vaping puts them at risk; however, the massive amount of exposure that e-cigarettes have garnered has seen public perception shift somewhat and many people are realising that e-cigarettes are a safer, healthier alternative to their tobacco counterparts.
Passive vaping may be a hotly debated topic; however, the fact is that second-hand vapour is not harmful and over time this fact will be recognised. To ensure you do not give vaping a bad name, ask before you enjoy a draw on your e-cigarette, as some people may still feel uncomfortable if you vape in their vicinity.