You can still find it some bars, restaurants and coffee shops: secondhand smoke that rises up in bluish gray plumes. If you happen to be a non-smoking bartender, waitress, barista or frequent customer in one of these establishments, you may have inhaled enough secondhand smoke to damage your respiratory or vascular health. That’s a scary thought and that’s why so many states, municipalities and companies have outlawed smoking tobacco products in public places.
But tobacco products aren’t the only nicotine products that people use in public these days. There are also electronic cigarettes (a.k.a. e-cigarettes)—small devices that resemble real cigarettes but produce water vapor instead of smoke. When the user inhales from an electronic cigarette, the device vaporizes a special liquid that contains nicotine—or is nicotine-free, depending on the user’s preference. Inhaling the vapor feels similar to smoking a real cigarette, and exhaling it looks you’re smoking the real McCoy, too.
The difference, of course, is that you aren’t spewing out smoke that harms people around you. Unlike tobacco smoke, vapor from electronic cigarettes doesn’t contain tar that makes it hang in the air like an ominous cloud. Instead, the vapor evaporates within seconds of being exhaled. If you work or dine in an establishment where people use electronic cigarettes, you can breathe easy and not worry about the hazards of inhaling secondhand smoke.
The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand tobacco smoke has been shown to increase the risk of the following illnesses in those who are exposed to it for a long period of time: lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and asthma—four illness that seldom go away once they start affecting you. Unlike smoking, “vaping,” which is the act of using electronic cigarettes, doesn’t emit the same chemicals as traditional tobacco smoke.
Regardless of what one says about the effects of vaping on the user, its impact on those who share his environment is neutral. Even so, some states, municipalities, and companies treat electronic cigarettes like real cigarettes and outlaw using them in public. If you live or work somewhere where this hasn’t happened, consider yourself lucky: you live or work in a place that pays attention to science and doesn’t ban something because it resembles something it isn’t.
E-cigarettes Aren’t Just For Smokers
Electronic cigarettes can deliver nicotine just like real cigarettes, but you can also equip them with cartridges that are nicotine-free. Many non-smokers enjoy using e-cigarettes that contain flavored cartridges as a party activity or a way to sit back and relax while they read or watch TV. If this sounds enjoyable, you can find a full spectrum of American made e-cigarette supplies at AmericaneLiquidStore—a leading online retailer of electronic cigarette supplies. Visit our online store and check out our inventory today.