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Does Vaping Effect Indoor Air Quality?

Did you know…When a person smokes or vapes, they inhale the chemicals in the product. People near the smoker or vaper are also exposed to these chemicals – this exposure is called secondhand exposure.

Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure can cause lung cancer, cardiovascular disease like heart disease and stroke. It can result in premature deaths from these conditions among non-smoking adults. In infants and children, secondhand tobacco smoke can cause health problems that include sudden infant death syndrome and respiratory and ear infections. For children with asthma, secondhand tobacco smoke is an asthma trigger that can cause more frequent and severe asthma attacks.

Secondhand tobacco smoke can move between rooms of a home and may remain indoors for a long time – even after a person is finished smoking. Air cleaners cannot fully eliminate secondhand tobacco smoke from the air. Secondhand marijuana smoke contains many of the same toxic and cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco smoke and may contain some of those chemicals in higher amounts.

Even secondhand aerosols from vaping (secondhand e-cigarette aerosols) and secondhand tobacco smoke can contain similar harmful substances. The only way to fully eliminate secondhand exposure is to prohibit smoking and vaping in indoor spaces, including in cars, and away from building air intakes, doors, open windows, and other enclosed spaces.

Smoking man holds electronic cigarette in hand. A lot of smoke around.

If you smoke or vape and want to quit, you can find a list of resources here.
Doing so will help you and your loved ones.

Learn more about: Secondhand Smoke/Aerosol Exposure Indoor Air Quality

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