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Study Shows Secondhand Vapor Less Toxic Than Cigarette Smoke

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Another study has been released regarding secondhand vape versus secondhand smoke, and it proves what vapers have been saying all along — vapor is less toxic than secondhand smoke from cigarettes.

The research study, which was commissioned by JUUL, was presented at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this month. CNBC reports that the study found that an astounding 99% less formaldehyde and carbon monoxide was found the air exhaled by e-cigarette users than by traditional smokers.

“These products pose substantially less risk when it comes to secondhand emissions than cigarettes,” Dr. Josh Vose, vice president of medical and clinical affairs at Juul, said in an interview with CNBC. “There are roughly 50,000 people that die every year in the U.S. from exposure to secondhand smoke, and this could potentially help bend that curve.”

The study was one of seven clinical trials commissioned by JUUL, and it was conducted by a third-party lab.

“We have a very deep and broad research group and research portfolio and this result adds to the other results that we’ve produced thus far, ” Vose told CNBC. “So, we’re producing a steady cadence of evidence that is held to the standard of empirical study design, peer review and then ultimately to publication in scientific journals. That helps establish the impact of these products.”

The study was limited to 30 adult smokers who smoked at least 20 cigarettes per day. They were divided into three groups of 10 and split into residential, office and hospitality environments. Additionally, they were given either a JUUL, a Vuse Solo or traditional cigarettes for four hours. Air quality was tested before and after 10 puffs of vaping or drags of smoking took place. Secondhand emissions of nicotine produced by e-cigarettes were 91% to 95% less than those produced by smoking, CNBC reports. While researchers note that background air quality could have affected the results of the study, it is important to note the high percentage of the nicotine amount difference.

Media company DW also recently reported on the pros of vaping compared to smoking, noting the difference in air quality in its list. The organization cited the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), which says that “the burning process of tobacco cigarettes produces thousands of substances, several hundred of which are considered toxic or even carcinogenic. Since the e-cigarette does not burn tobacco [and] ‘characteristic carcinogenic combustion products’ don't exist in e-cigarettes.”

Additionally, “passive” vapor isn’t as harmful to others as tobacco smoke, according to the German Cancer Research Center (DFKZ). Their research shows that tobacco smoke can be linked to “breast cancer, respiratory diseases and asthma attacks in young women.” Children of smokers “more frequently suffer from acute and chronic respiratory diseases and they get ear infections more frequently than children of non-smoking parents.” In Germany alone, approximately 2,150 people die from coronary heart disease directly attributed to passive smokers, which more than 770 non-smokers die from strokes caused by passive smoking.