There’s a real negative narrative surrounding vaping at the moment and nowhere is that more obvious than in a San Diego University Study (SDSU) recently conducted, which uncovered great news about the safety of vaping, but decided to hide those findings as much as possible by refusing to even admit it in the study’s press release.
The Californian study determined that the air quality in the homes of vapers was just as good as that as in the homes of those who don’t vape. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, provided the funding for the investigation.
The study took place over three months and considered 300 homes in San Diego, scanning the air levels for fine particles, sized between 0.5 and 2.5 micrometers. Each home consisted of a minimum of one smoker and a child aged 13 or under. Two detectors were installed in each home and the data registered was sent immediately to scientists.
Particles of the aforementioned size are a concern as they can easily be inhaled and cause the subject cardiovascular or breathing issues. Furthermore, these particles are also inhaled by those who don’t even smoke – proving the second-hand smoke effect and can be a serious danger to young children.
As John Bellettiere, who co-authored the study said, going into the investigation, their aim was to find out why the houses with potentially dangerous air levels are why they are by getting a feel of exactly what was going on in the house and when – whether it be smoking (cigarettes or marijuana), vaping or something else.
What’s more dangerous: smoking or vaping?
In a nod to the long-believed notion that smoking in the house is more of a risk than smoking outside, average particle levels were nearly double in houses where smokers sparked up inside. While marijuana didn’t spike particle levels as much as cigarettes, it still had a noteworthy effect. Meanwhile, incense, cleaning products, candles, open fireplaces and more all led to rises in particle levels.
However, the most fascinating findings in the SDSU research were those concerning e-cigarettes, which were used in 1 in 7 of the 300 homes in the study. Indeed, the mean particle distribution was found to be no higher in homes where e-cigarettes were used compared to those where there were none. This is incredible, and clear evidence that vaping emits no additional particles into the atmosphere.
Admittedly, vaping wasn’t the focus of the study, but that the SDSU scientists decided to skirt such good health news is frustrating yet telling. Surely scientists should want to tell people that vaping puts far fewer particles into the atmosphere than smoking does.
As we’ve gotten to know about California, this is a state that is obsessed with marijuana yet far less keen on vaping – so that they’ve covered up awesome vape news comes as no surprise. That’s why it’s up to us, strong advocates of vaping, to keep spreading the good, scientific word!