Don’t you just love the smell and taste of diesel fumes in the morning?
It’s little wonder when standing at a zebra crossing and I blow out a sweet cloud of Peach Iced Tea flavoured e-juice I notice a crowd of ‘sniffers’ forms around me!
Despite Government clean air regulations you really do put your health at risk every time you pass a bus, lorry or come to that a ‘classic car’ these days.
A recent UKGov air quality report suggests 40,000 people are killed each year due to air pollution – a sobering statistic – NHS source.
Add to that around 78,000 adults die each year of smoking related diseases here in the UK alone – and you can see the air we all breathe – particularly for smokers – is potentially lethal.
So is the vaper we exhale harmful to others..?
Passive Vaping Harmful?
A doctor speaking at a recent British Medical Association [BMA] conference – called for a full ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
This despite a similar move by the Welsh Assembly being defeated back in the spring.
This latest scare story puts the BMA in a difficult position given there’s NO evidence to back their claims and of course it goes against Public Health England’s recent support of vaping.
And hey don’t for one minute think they’ve used some detailed scientific findings to come to this brainless conclusion.
Note the use of the word ‘potential’ – I mean come on let’s not ruin a good headline with something like oh I dunno facts maybe?
This latest dark cloud over the vaping movement comes from a recent report in the Evening Standard which says doctors are concerned about the effects of ‘passive vaping ’.
Well actually only one doctor – Dr Iain Kennedy from Glasgow.
“There is growing evidence that passive vaping happens, particularly based around testing nicotine levels in households.
What we don’t know yet is what the precise mechanisms of that are, what long-term harm there is.
This is cutting edge research, with findings being published at the moment.”
I have the feeling judging from the BMA’s reluctance to actually put his dire warnings into their finished report, even their own experts think he’s talking rubbish.
Another Vaping Scare Story
But once again a scare story around vaping has entered the public’s consciousness and I’m sure some ill-advised [read ignorant] town hall mandarins are already considering even more outdoor/public spaces vaping bans to save us from ourselves.
I’m lucky that the three pubs I use regularly in my town allow me to vape inside. However larger establishments such as JD Wetherspoons – *shudders*- do not.
An early report as to why this particular pub chain implemented the ban was rumoured to be because ‘staff couldn’t tell the difference between e-cigs and cigarettes…’
The temptation to come out with a pun around Wetherspoon staff has made me suck a little harder on my mod – must resist…must resist.
But on a serious note it’s the idiocy of such fears that has led to this total confusion around the benefits and science behind vaping.
For every report in favour – you’ll find another against it.
So here’s the very latest report I can find about the dangers of so called ‘passive vaping.’
It comes from eminent scientist Dr Farsalinos who says vapers are on average absorbing up to a quarter less nicotine than a smoker.
This does not take into consideration vapers such as myself that are now down to just 3mg of medical nicotine in my juice.
So if we’re absorbing less than a quarter surely we must be exhaling even less? Or is that just me a none expert using common sense?
Other Chemicals Exhaled by Vapers
So given the amount of nicotine we vapers are exhaling is much lower than we’re led to believe – and remember nicotine itself in such low doses has less effect on the body than a cup of coffee – are there any other nasties in our beautiful vaping clouds?
No is the short answer.
It’s thanks to Dr Igor Burstyn of Drexel University that I can say that. His 2013 scientific paper stubbed out the argument surrounding ‘passive vaping’ quite beautifully saying there’s little risk to the vaper let alone the bystanders!
The science is there for all to see if they’d clear the smoke from their eyes that is.
There is NO such thing as ‘passive vaping’.
Vaping is the fastest growing method of giving up smoking and that should be celebrated and NOT pilloried.
If anything, more research needs to be done in how more people can begin vaping and pack up the fags.
As Professor John Britton recently said:
“If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes, we would save 5million deaths in people who are alive today…”
Right I’m off to fill my local pub with the sweet smell of Peach Iced Tea safe in the knowledge it won’t harm a soul.