To Your Health
October, 2018 (Vol. 12, Issue 10)
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More Scary News About Vaping

By Editorial Staff

While electronic cigarettes may benefit chronic smokers who've been unable to quit, a growing body of evidence is showing that vaping may be dangerous – perhaps even as dangerous as traditional smoking. The latest: Nicotine and other chemicals exhaled by e-cigarette smokers may transfer from one room to the next via air vents, impacting nearby nonsmokers. Even worse, e-cig residue is still detectable on distant surfaces days after exhalation by the smoker.

Reporting on the study, published in Tobacco Control, Reuters Health News quoted Eric Soule, assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Performance at East Carolina University, who does a great job summing up the importance of these study findings: "While many cigarette smokers avoid smoking indoors or around non-smokers because of the known health effects of secondhand and thirdhand smoke exposure, many e-cigarette users report vaping in their cars, in their homes or around their children and pets," he said. "Given the deposition of toxicants that results from indoor e-cigarette use, vapers should similarly avoid e-cigarette use indoors or around others."

We've discussed several other studies on e-cigarettes in recent issues of To Your Health, and the news isn't good, to say the least, particularly for young people. For more information, check out the U.S. Surgeon General's report on e-cigarettes by clicking here, and talk to your doctor for more information.