How safe are the individuals who are close to someone who is vaping? This question goes straight to the heart of the debate regarding the extent to which vaping is safer than smoking combustible cigarettes. Research has shown that the vapor that escapes into the atmosphere while someone is using an electronic cigarette doesn’t contain any combustion toxicants. However, the study found that people who were near the person vaping were exposed to some nicotine in the vapor. This is particularly noticeable indoors. The implication of these findings is that vulnerable people, such as the elderly and young children, need to be protected from this secondhand exposure to nicotine. Vapers should therefore take precautions when they are vaping indoors. Additional research also needs to be conducted about the possible impacts of that secondhand exposure to nicotine.
The debate on whether electronic cigarettes can help someone to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes is often polarized between those who are strongly in favor and those against that claim. Rational observers are often left undecided because none of the parties to the argument presents any convincing scientific proof. A study published by Dr. Christopher Bullen and others has provided some scientific proof that can now put this debate in perspective. The aim of the study was to establish whether e-cigs do a better job of assisting smokers to quit when compared to the use of nicotine patches. The study that was conducted in Auckland, New Zealand found that there was no difference in the success rates (measured by abstinence from smoking) between those who used e-cigarettes and those who used nicotine patches in an attempt to quit smoking. This research therefore provides verifiable proof that vaping can help individuals to quit smoking.