The effects of secondhand smoke on children have been studied at great length and the dangers associated with smoking around children are well-documented.
According to the CDC, secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic. Some states have made it illegal to smoke near children and many others are considering legislation.
But what about e-cigarettes?
Since e-cigarettes are still relatively new, we don’t have the same wealth of research. Testing the effects of vaping around children isn’t an option either since there are ethical concerns involved with exposing children to secondhand e-cig vapors without knowing what long-term effects there might be.
The following are some things we do know for certain about vaping around children.
e-Cig Vapors are Safer than Cigarette Smoke
Since e-liquids are heated up and turned into a vapor, they don’t have the many toxins found in cigarette smoke. E-liquids typically consist of a vegetable glycerine base, some kind of flavoring, and liquid nicotine (except in the case of 0 nicotine e-liquids). None of these are known to be toxic or cause cancer. The most questionable ingredient is nicotine since it is considered a drug and known to be very addictive. There isn’t enough research available to definitively say that second hand exposure to vaporized nicotine couldn’t get kids hooked. There is enough research, however, to definitively state that vaping around children is far safer than smoking around children. That doesn’t mean you should do it because…
Kids do what their parents do
According to long-term studies that have been done, teens are more than twice as likely to smoke if their parents smoke. Though these same studies haven’t yet been performed for vaping, it stands to reason that vaping around your kids could make them more likely to vape and become hooked on nicotine.
Liquid Nicotine is Toxic and can Seriously Harm Children
Inhaling vaporized e-liquids delivers a much smaller amount of nicotine than taking a draw on a cigarette would. But drinking the e-liquid straight could result in nicotine poisoning. e-Liquids come with child resistant caps, but adults should not rely on those keeping curious kids from getting them open. In addition to not vaping in front of kids, you should take precautions to keep e-Liquids out of reach either by storing them in a high up cupboard or locking them up.