A study commissioned by National Vapers Club and published in the medical journal Inhalation Toxicology looked at the effect of electronic cigarette vapor on indoor air quality in comparison to cigarette smoke. The study–called IVAQS for indoor vapor air quality study–confirms and supports previous findings that determine electronic cigarettes to be a far less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes.
The study was performed by Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & A Greener Environment, the Center for Air Resources Science & Engineering, and Clarkson University and funded by National Vapers Club through various donations and fundraising efforts. National Vapers Club is a consumer-driven organization focused on helping the electronic cigarette industry grow in a way that is both competitive to other markets and fair and safe to its consumers.
The study’s results mirrored previous studies that found levels of various compounds emitted by e-cig use to be between one-tenth and one-thousandth of that of conventional cigarettes. Many compounds released by conventional cigarettes weren’t found in electronic cigarette vaper at all.
According to Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University’s School of Public Health, “This study demonstrates that the risks of secondhand vapor from electronic cigarette use are very small in comparison to those associated with secondhand tobacco smoke.” He continues, “While secondhand smoke must be eliminated in workplaces and public places, the current data provide no justification for eliminating electronic cigarette use in these places.”
Dr. Murray Laugesen, a public health medicine specialist for Health New Zealand cut to the chase in talking about the study. “The results of this study confirm the findings of my last 4 years of research,” said Laugesen. “E-cigarettes pose no discernible risk to public health.”