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Secondhand vapor: What you need to know

 secondhand vapor

The media is always in an uproar about the safety of vaping, even though they possess very little evidence to support their claims. The reality is that with everything you do in your life, to some extent, there is some risk. At one point you looked in the mirror and decided that smoking traditional cigarettes was the right choice, and now you’re going back on that decision by making use of an e-cigarette. Whether it’s because you’re tired of the lingering smell of burnt tobacco, there’re voices echoing in your hand telling you that smoking leads to cancer or you simply want to take control of your health again, you’ve decided that vaping would be a step in that direction. Although e-cigarettes don’t produce tobacco smoke, because the devices don’t actually burn anything, they do produce a vapor compound when you exhale. Have you ever found yourself wondering if secondhand vapor is the same as secondhand smoke?

How secondhand smoke affects our bodies?

Without the need to spark a debate, most people know the dangers of secondhand smoke. When a person who smokes combustible cigarettes exhales into the air, they’re also exhaling 4,000+ toxins that will stick to their hair, clothing and furniture in the surrounding area. There is a reason that many countries and states issue fines for smoking in a vehicle where a child is present. If another individual breathes in the lingering secondhand smoke, they’re also breathing in the same thousands of chemicals as the smoker is. This puts them at risk of serious conditions including cancer, bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.

How does secondhand vapor compare?

One of the advantages of vaping is that the vapor doesn’t really affect the people around you. Your exhaled vapor particles — a combination of water, nicotine, flavoring, PG and VG — evaporate within seconds of being blown into the air, which means bystanders are not being put at risk by your choice to vape.

Although many studies have been conducted to attempt to prove that secondhand vapor is equally as toxic, none have succeeded in showing concrete results. The only real way your vapor may affect bystanders is if they are sensitive to fruity, perfume smells. So, if that’s the case you should be courteous and respect non-vapers’ by blowing your dessert-scented emissions in the other direction.

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