Similar Air Quality In Homes Of Vapers and Non-Vapers
Smokers, Rather Than Vapers, Have Most Air Quality Problems At Home
Recent research into the quality of air in residences indicates that the homes of vapers have air that is just as clean as that found in the homes of those who do not vape. However, the study also revealed that smoking itself did harm air quality inside homes.
Experts from the University of San Diego assessed the air quality in 300 individual homes, each of which featured no less than one smoker and one youngster under 14 years of age. Two particle monitors were placed at different spots within each of the homes. Over the course of a three-month period, these monitors worked to detect the presence of fine particles ranging from 0.5 to 2.5 micrometers. The data was transmitted to the researchers for further review.
Double The Danger
It is important to note that tiny particles including those from fungi, dust, pollen and smoke are tiny enough for humans to inhale and subsequently experience respiratory issues. Residence in which smokers lived saw double the number of these particulates, according to the study. Traditional tobacco cigarettes were found to the the most significant cause of these particulate concentrations, with candles, marijuana, incense and other substances also making contributions to the total.
However, researchers noted that they did not observe substantial differences in the particulate concentration in homes in which electronic cigarettes were used in comparison to homes in which vaping did not occur. This is a welcome development for vaping aficionados and advocates who are lobbying for increased acceptance of vaping in public spaces. This may mark a turning point in the conversation, as well.
In 2014, the World Health Organization pushed a comprehensive ban on indoor use of electronic cigarettes, citing serious health concerns. A report issued by the group stated that the levels of toxicants involved were simply unacceptable to bystanders who did not themselves indulge in vaping.
Interestingly, however, the governing bodies in the UK have recently touted electronic cigarettes as a useful tool for smoking cessation. The recent Tobacco Control Plan even suggested the notion of easing the Tobacco Products Directive promulgated by the EU to permit vaping within office buildings.