Air Pollution variations in homes of E-cig users and Smokers

Studies Conducted by the San Diego State University has shown data comparing the different levels of pollution within the peoples homes, caused by a number of commonly used household goods such as cleaning products, smoking and vaping.

The project was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It was lead by Neil Klepeis, an environmental scientist from the University of Melbourne Hovell, and Suzanne Hughes from the Centre for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, at the University of San Diego.

The researchers choose 300 families for the project, and fitted there homes with two air particle monitors. They said “Our primary goal was to figure out what’s happening in houses that leads to higher air particle levels and, in turn, to unhealthy environments for kids.” Visiting each household twice throughout the duration of the study, they conducted interviews with the families and discovered the daily activities and routines of each participant, such as cooking, cleaning and smoking. In addition to the data recovered doing so, they received reports from the installed monitors, which they analysed the air for particles so small and ultra-fine they were as small as 0.5mm.

Particles as small as these can be obtained from a wide variety of sources including dust, car fumes, fungal spores and second hand vapour or smoke. All of which can lead to a number of factors to deal with a persons respiratory system.

Air Pollution differences from Smoking vs Vaping

From the findings to do with vaping and smoking, the following results were found:

Households that allowed smoking in-doors, there were twice the levels of pollution over those who did not.
Households that allowed Vaping in-doors, there was no significant increase in the levels of pollution over those who did not.

Quoted from the report published, Klepieis and Hughes state the following:
“We observed no apparent difference in the weekly mean particle distribution between 43 homes reporting any electronic cigarette usage and those reporting none.”