Latest researches suggest that adults, who are living with kids, are more likely to switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes because of the harmful chemicals they might be exposing them to.
This has also been confirmed by letter that has been published in a JAMA Pediatrics journal.
The letter says that almost 5, or to be exactly precise, 4.9 percent of Americans who are living alongside kids, or minors under the age of 18, vape, compared to 4.2 percent of adults who don’t have any children with them.
This percentage gets even bigger and “jumps” from 4.9 to 5.6 for those adults who are living with someone who’s suffering from asthma.
Even though it’s a well-known fact that it’s extremely dangerous to expose your kids to secondhand cigarette smoke, when it comes to vaping, we have yet to discover the same risks.
Now, just because it’s not yet confirmed that vaping causes the same damage as smoking cigarettes, that doesn’t mean that they’re in any way healthy.
One research suggests that children who are around adults who vape are being exposed to aerosols, which are an amalgam of compounds that could cause some serious health issues.
Some of the harmful chemicals that are included here are nicotine, heavy metals, formaldehyde, etc.
The data on this subject was collected and published via letter by the U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which showed us that vaping isn’t as safe as we thought it was.
The survey was conducted via phone, two or three years ago, and there were around 856,000 participants.
Many participants used combustible cigarettes, but not all of them. Also, the study didn’t state whether these people started smoking first and then “transferred” to e-cigarettes and vice versa.
Jenny Carwile, a lead author that works in Portland at Maine Medical Center, says that most e-cigarettes users don’t realize how dangerous aerosols are and that’s because it’s highly unlikely to have their home use regulated by the government.
She also states that even non-smokers can be affected by the chemicals that are released from e-cigarettes and that secondhand exposure is a real thing even when it comes to vaping.
Ms. Carwile also added that it’s recommended for parents not to use their e-cigarettes around their children and that smoke-free laws should affect e-cigarettes, too.
The reason why this letter was sent is that the latest research, which has been conducted at Harvard showed how some of the vape liquids and e-cigarette cartridges have a huge amount of bacteria on them, that can cause lung infections or even asthma.
Even though we’re all aware of the certain risks that come with vaping, public health officials are still trying to persuade people to start using e-cigarettes instead of the regular ones, claiming that they’re 95% safer.
A couple of months ago, a campaign was launched by Public Health England, that was used to highlight the fact above that e-cigarette are a much safer variant for all the smokers around the world.
Professor John Newton, who was a director at the PHE at the time, stated how smokers should realize that vaping is their key to a healthier lifestyle or quitting smoking altogether.