Understanding Air Quality & E-cigs

There are lots of things to consider when it comes to electronic smokeless mechanisms. In fact, researchers are still learning new things ever day. While some people like to assume everything about the electronic version is as negative as the traditional tobacco version, this may not be true.

It seems vapers are getting as bad a name as smokers in many cases. Without all the facts in place yet, this hardly seems fair. There are, however, many people and organizations who recognize this. For many people, using these devices is a way to attempt to kick the traditional tobacco habit. So treating it with as much hatred seems counterproductive.

Some of the areas that raise concern include topics such as the effect of vaping on the lungs and the body in general and secondhand vapor and air quality in relation to use. Obviously people who use these devices and those who are going to be near them want to know how their indoor air quality could be affected.

So What’s the Verdict?

The problem is still that research that is being done is not enough. So what one research group’s findings are can’t yet be tested or debated by another group that could have different results. There are plenty of cases of “experts” giving their opinion on what they think about e-cigs and a person’s health would be, but then it gets written up as factual news.

At this time there is still just too little information to be sure what someone finds or says is true or accurate, whether its positive or negative. Here is an example of just such an incident:

  • The Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz Institute located in Germany decided to test how these smokeless devices might impact indoor air quality. Researchers compared traditional tobacco cigarettes and electronic versions. For each type they took six “drags” and then compared the results of the air quality.

The results indicated that even vapor pollutes the air; researchers still saw levels of Formaldehyde, which leads to the conclusion that these devices should not be permitted indoors. Of course if this were 100% accurate that would be an acceptable conclusion. What actually may be the truth is that the three main compounds detected that would qualify electronic cigs to be banned can, in truth, be found anywhere.

Some studies done seem to show that your own breath contains amounts of the three compounds. And no, the studies didn’t show that it was only trace amounts of the compounds detected in human breath. These detectable levels are the same that one might also find in everything from paint to wood glue.

So what this German study showed was that the three main compounds were found in smaller amounts that traditional tobacco smoke results for air quality. But because it showed up at all the scientists made the claim that these two different types of cigarettes may as well be the same exact thing.

What all researchers and scientists want to make clear is that there are no safe amount of carcinogens when it comes to the air we breathe. Unfortunately much of this is found in the air we breathe anyway. It comes from building materials to cosmetics to even our much needed computers. So unless we intend to ban all of these items as well, it seems pointless to put all the blame on smokeless devices.

So What Does It All Mean?

Studies and research obviously need to continue. The problem is that there is already a bias against these smokeless devices. So anything positive that comes up tends to get swept under the rug. Of course anything remotely negative gets hyped up, blown out of proportion and very often “fluffed” up for more added negativity.

Basically when someone needs to make a decision about how they intend to view these new versions of cigarettes, they will pass by 10 fairly positive reviews or news stories to find the one negative one and believe it. They will let their decision be made based on the one negative story. The truth is negative news is what draws attention anyway.

No one reads the news for the happy go-lucky articles. They want the hard hitting facts, which in everyone’s mind equals negative. Instead of thinking there really isn’t much you can do, you should be aware of some things you can do:

  • Collect articles you find that have positive research results.
  • Share these pieces through social networking or by sending them directly to people you know.
  • Make it a point to write to people who print negative reviews to politely ask them what their feedback is based on.
  • Speak up yourself and get actively involved online and in person by taking a stand against the misinformation out there.

Most importantly, stay informed yourself and do further research to prove what you find, whether it is positive or negative.

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