Ever wonder if that vaper next to you blowing out plums of vapor is effecting you? The scientific answer is no. A study recently peer reviewed and published in the journal Inhalation Toxicology concluded that “Non-cancer risk analysis revealed “No Significant Risk” of harm to human health for vapor samples from e-liquids” and “For all byproducts measured, electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to tobacco cigarettes. The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed.” The full abstract can be found at the IVAQS (Indoor Vapor Air Quality Study) website.
It appears unfortunately that they did not test the non nicotine e-liquid, however since e-cigarette liquid with no nicotine is made up of the same stuff as that with nicotine (propylene glycol, glycerin, water, flavoring) it would be logical to conclude it would have the same, if not better results.
The study compared the emissions for an e-cigarette to those of a traditional tobacco cigarette as well as from a stand point of current regulatory standards for indoor pollution. It was not surprising that “for tobacco smoke most findings markedly exceeded risk limits indicating a condition of “Significant Risk” of harm to human health.” And although it was not surprising to those knowledgeable about e-cigarettes, it may have been for others to find out there was not any actual risk to non-users of e-cigarettes in vapor filled rooms.
We wish the National Vapers Club much success in using this scientific data to battle past and future electronic cigarette bans. These bans were full of hypotheticals and unfounded bias. At least now the lawmakers will have to concede that their laws are based on their own perceptions and not facts. Long live the e-cigarette!!!