In a study 2 years in the making called the Indoor Vapor Air Quality Study, electronic cigarette vapor was show to be harmless to bystanders. The study was commissioned by the National Vapors Club and was performed by CHANGE (Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & a Greener Environment, LLC). Here is the conclusion from the study:

For all byproducts measured, electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to tobacco cigarettes. The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed.

To read the full abstract or purchase the complete study, please visit here.

What the IVAQS does is provide evidence that banning electronic cigarette use indoors is not a matter of public health, but rather motivated by misperceptions and bias against the action of vaping.  It gives ammo to e-cigarette supports when fighting unjust usage bans.  The fact that electronic cigarette use looks like smoking should have no bearing on whether or not it’s acceptable.  Many people may mistake using a hypodermic needle for diabetic reasons as the use of illegal drugs.  It would be unreasonable to ban the use of such needles because it appears as something it is not.  This reasoning applies to the electronic cigarette.

We will keep you updated as to future potential smoking bans and how the Indoor Vapor Air Quality Study effects their outcomes.

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