CDC Oddly Quiet On Study Proving Vaping Does Not Pollute Indoor Air
A study by federal health officials investigating the effects of vaping indoors did not find meaningful levels of toxins or pollutants in the vapor exhaled from e-cigarettes.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the results of a study in July evaluating the concentrations of “vaping-related chemicals” in the air of a vape shop. The research, which was conducted in January, revealed that the levels of various chemicals present in liquid nicotine were well below federal safety limits for workplaces, reports Vaping 360.
The scientists tested the levels of a litany of potential pollutants, including nicotine, propylene glycol, formaldehyde and diacetyl, but said they could not be sure about the origin of certain chemicals they detected. They noted that low levels of formaldehyde “exist in many indoor environments because of off gassing from furnishings, clothing and other materials.” (RELATED: Misleading Surgeon General Report On Vaping Battered As Fiction)
The same held true for elements like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous, which are also present in human sweat.
In short, the levels of these various chemicals in both the air and on surfaces in the shop were negligible, according to CDC researchers, suggesting that indoor vaping is not harming the health of bystanders. The findings are particularly important for the owners and operators of vape shops, who teach customers how to properly use the devices and test which flavor will work best for them.
The results also help back up efforts to maximize access to vaping as a way of reducing smoking rates and cutting down on air-pollution from cigarettes. The government of England, which backs vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, advocates against vaping bans in offices and public spaces. The U.K.’s Department of Health says vaping should not be included in any government policy concerning “smoke-free” workplaces.
Despite the good news from the study, officials have not issued a press release or statement concerning the findings. The CDC, which is never shy about criticizing the vaping industry, remains silent.
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