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Is second hand vaping dangerous?


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Have you ever been vaping in the street, only to have someone next to you waving their arms around and huffing because there’s a vape cloud surrounding them?

Lots of people (who don’t vape) are lead to believe that second hand vaping is dangerous, just like second hand smoking has been proven to be.

However, when it comes to vaping, while the clouds that surround people might be annoying, it isn’t proven that second hand vaping is dangerous. Okay, so there have been lots of scary headlines on the topic of passive vaping but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that they’re just mights and maybes. Nothing concrete at all.

In a recent blog post by public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel, he writes “To date, there is no evidence that there is any substantial exposure to harmful chemicals in real-life situations that most adults and children encounter. On the contrary, there is evidence that second hand “vapour” dissipates rapidly and that exposure to nicotine and other chemicals is very low.”

In 2013 there was a study by a team of American and Polish scientists, who measured aerosol particles, carbon monoxide, nicotine and VOC’s from different vape pens. They found nothing to raise any concern. In the study they write: “Using an e-cigarette in indoor environments may involuntarily expose nonusers to nicotine but not to toxic tobacco-specific combustion products.” They also admit that “more research is needed to evaluate health consequences of second hand exposure to nicotine, especially among vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant women, and people with cardiovascular conditions.”

So is second hand vaping dangerous? Does it warrant having that little lady huffing and coughing while waving her arms in an effort to disperse the cloud?


Until there is substantial evidence to say that second hand vaping is a danger to others then be respectful of where you are blowing your clouds, but know your stuff so you can fight your corner!


Becky Saunders

I'm a writer, runner and biscuit lover. When I'm not writing about pens, pods, mods, coils and juices, you'll find me running in the hills fueled by cookies.

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