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Second Hand safety of Electronic Cigarettes

2015/9/21      view:

The smokers created from traditional cigarettes have shown to have detrimental effects on even those who do not directly smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, "there have been more than 20 million smoking-related deaths in the United States since 1964; 2.5 million of those deaths were among non-smokers who died from exposure to secondhand smoke. During that same time, 100,000 babies have died due to parental smoking (including smoking during pregnancy)". This shows that the issue of smoking goes beyond actual smokers as the smoke is killing even those who do not smoke. Smoking makes one prone to various diseases as the smoke "contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer" (American Cancer Society).

It is said that there are two ways that non-smokers can be exposed to secondhand smoke. These two methods are side stream smoke and mainstream smoke. The "side stream smoke is the smoke from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar and the mainstream smoke is the smoke that is exhaled by a smoker" (American Cancer Society). Though both of them are harmful, it is said that the side stream smoke contains higher levels of toxic materials.

Though smoking has caused millions of deaths for both smokers and non-smokers, there are still huge populations of people who have not been able to quit even while it is life threatening. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that the levels of secondhand smoking has gone down in recent years, they have also indicated that "during 2011-2012, about 58 million nonsmokers in the United States were exposed to secondhand smoke".

The danger from smoking is an issue that is recognized worldwide. That being one of the main reasons that the rise of electronic cigarettes has been such as mind blowing phenomenon as there exists the notion that vaporizers are less harmful for both smokers and also for non-smokers who may be nearby. However, ever since the invention of e-cigarettes, there have constantly been debates over whether e-cigarettes really are safer or not. Those against the idea of e-cigarettes have constantly brought about the claim that more research needs to be done regarding this matter. Indeed, more research needs to be done but there have been many research already done that has indicated e-cigarettes to be less dangerous compared to that of traditional cigarettes. Also, recently (September 8, 2015) in, Chris Catani has written the article "Scientific Study Proves Second Hand Vapor is Not Harmful".

In this study, "levels of several volatile organic compounds (VOC) were measured in indoor air, normal exhaled breath, smoking of tobacco cigarettes, exhaled breath of smokers after taking cigarette puffs, e cigarette aerosol and exhaled breath of vapers after taking e-cigarette puffs. The amount of VOC's in second hand vapor is so low that Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, cardiologist and avid e-cigarette and vaping researcher, was quoted as saying 'I calculated 17 and 25 VOCs in the 2 e-cigarettes tested, 36 VOCs in indoor air and 42 in normal (non-smoking, non-vaping) exhaled breath. Tobacco cigarette smoke contained 86 VOCs, and exhaled breath after smoking similarly contained a large number of VOCs. As I said, not all VOCs are toxic but, interestingly, there were cases of toxic compounds present in the exhaled breath but not in the e-cigarette aerosol. For example, isoprene, which is listed as a carcinogenic compound in California Proposition 65, is present only in exhaled breath (even in normal exhaled breath), but not in e-cigarette aerosol" (Chris Catani). 

More extensive research is constantly being carried out by researchers regarding e-cigarettes and the results from many of the research highlight the point that e-cigarettes may be the key factor in eradicating smoke while still satisfying the crave for nicotine. E-cigarettes may be the gateway to end smoking which would ultimately promote improved health for both smokers and also for those regularly exposed to smoke.