A new study from experts in Italy and Greece looked into the air quality of a 60 cubic meter room (about the size of a garage or large living room) over a 5 hour period of vaping and smoking. The results proved promising for the state of vaping showing nearly no ill-effects on air quality despite the closed environment.
The study comes from a toxicology lab in Italy and the Onasis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens.
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos is a fairly well known name to many e-cig industry followers for previous research into electronic cigarettes and his assistance with the American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA).
The goal of the study was to simulate and compare the effects of passive smoking and passive vaping. The results support what many experts have been saying about electronic cigarettes — that without smoke, they pose almost no real danger to users let alone bystanders. In fact, testing of 600 liters of air found only one substance (glycerine) above the threshold of instrument sensitivity. This means there was so little of the chemicals in the air (perhaps none in some cases) that the equipment couldn’t reliably put out a measurement.
The basic reason that chemicals linger in the air more with tobacco cigarettes is that smoke takes much, much longer to dissipate. While e-cig vape dissolves in roughly 10 to 20 seconds, cigarette smoke takes 19 to 20 minutes. This only gets worse in a closed environment.
It’s studies like these that are rapidly proving that public smoking bans don’t need to apply to electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarette opponents are having to stretch further and further for excuses to push smoking bans on e-cigs. Certainly they’ll continue to argue that e-cigs pose a risk to bystanders, but these studies will make these arguments harder to make without resistance.
It’s more likely that arguments against public vaping will start to hinge on whether kids that see it will be more likely to become smokers or vapers. This is a very hard argument to make as the evidence is lacking on that one.
This is another in a long line of studies showing e-cigs to be a safer alternative to smoking and lacking almost any of the normal risk factors — even to secondhand vapers.