Passive ‘vaping’ risk


E-CIGARETTES PRESENT HEALTH RISKS FOR PEOPLE WHO VAPE OR FOR BYSTANDERS.

The risk assessment report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. only considered e-cigarettes with nicotine, since there has been very little research about e-cigarettes without nicotine.

IN SUMMARY

  • Since e-cigarettes contain nicotine in the same quantities as cigarette smoking, the same harmful effects from nicotine can be expected.
  • The vapour from e-cigarettes contains so much nicotine that bystanders can ingest the same amount as with passive tobacco smoking. This may affect addiction to nicotine.
  • E-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking tobacco, especially with regards to cancer.
  • The health risks of long-term e-cigarette use in the population are unknown.

“In Norway, it is mainly smokers and former smokers who use e-cigarettes. The question is if this will still be the case if e-cigarettes become more accessible. It is important to avoid e-cigarettes becoming a trend among adolescents and young adults, or to introduce non-smokers to nicotine addiction and tobacco use,” says Dr Camilla Stoltenberg, director-general at the NIPH.

MORE RESEARCH NEEDED

E-cigarettes have only been available for a short time and so there has been little research into exposure and potential harm, says the NIPH. Its risk assessment is mainly based on evaluation of the individual components of e-cigarettes.The researchers say there is a wide range of e-cigarette types, with varying content of nicotine and other ingredients. Differing types and usage patterns will influence potential health damage. If e-cigarettes are allowed to be sold in Norway, their use and possible adverse effects should be monitored by research, they say.

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4 Comments

  1. Mister Blog Dog
    15/04/2016

    Scaremongering garbage and the worst kind of junk science possible.

  2. exjwelder
    15/04/2016

    Considering that the biggest risk of smoking tobacco is cigarettes is cancer and not nicotine and this study found e-cigarettes less riskier in that regard is a big win. The “risk” of nicotine to adults though is totally fear mongering as science all agrees nicotine on it’s own has little risk.

  3. Luke Newman
    18/04/2016

    The biggest issue I have is if they are unregulated (as they currently are, technically they are illegal as nicotine is a registered (listed?) drug), that the quality of formulation isn’t assessed and there is no accountability.

  4. Jack
    09/05/2016

    ‘Since e-cigarettes contain nicotine in the same quantities as cigarette smoking, the same harmful effects from nicotine can be expected.’

    Please explain the harmful effects of nicotine especially when in a passive smoke environment and not mixed with any of the other nasties of tobacco smoke….

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