Using e-cigarettes – or vaping – indoors exposes kids to nicotine and other chemicals, and leaves deposits of nicotine on walls and surfaces. However, many parents are unaware.
According to a survey conducted last year, only 37 percent of the 3,070 survey respondents knew that exhaled e-cigarette vapor contains nicotine, and that the nicotine leaves deposits behind on surfaces. Nearly half were unaware that vaping around children exposes them to nicotine and other chemicals.
Oddly enough, 84 percent of respondents said that e-cigarette use should not be allowed in places where smoking is prohibited, and 74 percent said that parents should not use e-cigarettes in front of children.
“E-cigarettes primarily emit a toxic aerosol, not harmless water vapor,” said Dr. Robert McMillen, associate professor of psychology at Mississippi State University and author of the report. “Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of the risk that exposure poses for their children and do not implement household rules to protect their children.”
McMillen stressed the importance of educating parents about the risk of exposing children to toxic emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and advised that parents should ban both tobacco use and e-cigarette use from their homes as well as cars.
Dr. Esteve Fernández of the University of Barcelona and the Catalan Institute of Oncology, Spain, has found that emissions from e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, benzene and other carcinogenic compounds. E-cigarettes have also been found to contain diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione, a diacetyl substitute.
When diacetyl is heated and inhaled, the vaper is at risk for developing obliterative bronchiolitis, a serious lung disease where the smallest airways of the lungs become scarred and restricted. It is only treatable by lung transplant.