According to the research study, researchers showing that education about potential second-hand aerosol harms for parents and youth; and the interventions to reduce youth vaping are needed to protect the young people from being exposing to all the forms of tobacco product emissions; including from e-cigarettes.
As the majority of studies have concluding; that passive exposure may pose a health risk to bystanders; particularly vulnerable populations such as children and teens. The increase is occurring, the report noted, despite 16 states and more than 800 municipalities introducing laws to restrict e-cigarette use in 100% smoke-free or other venues, including schools, in the past few years.
Participants in the survey were asked how often they breathed smoke from someone who was smoking tobacco products and/or breathed vapor from someone using an e-cigarette in indoor or outdoor public places in the last 30 days. The prevalence of exposure to second hand aerosols from e-cigarettes increased from about one in four students between 2015 and 2017 to one of three students in 2018.
Potential second-hand aerosol
While exposure to vaping aerosols is increasing; the survey also revealing; that second-hand tobacco smoke from conventional cigarettes remains a serious public health concern, said Tan. About half the students in the survey reported exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke; which he said is much more harmful than emissions from e-cigarettes.
So we need to make sure that reducing exposure to secondhand smoke is still high on the agenda along with policies to protect young people from all forms of second-hand exposures. Tan is an investigator in the Center for Community Based Research at Dana-Farber’s Division of Population Sciences. The majority of studies have concluded that passive exposure may pose a health risk to bystanders; particularly vulnerable populations such as children and teens.
Exposure to vaping
The survey revealed that about one-third of middle and high-school students; saying they were exposing to vaping aerosols in 2018 an increase by about 30% compared with the previous three years. A growing number of middle; and the high school students are being exposing to be second-hand aerosols from the e-cigarettes; by living with or being around individuals who are vaping; according to data from a national survey.
However, the analysis was conducting using data; collecting by the National Youth Tobacco survey carrying out under the auspices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the increase in exposure to vaping aerosols concerning; giving that an array of potentially hazardous chemicals are releasing by e-cigarettes. Fumes from e-cigarettes contain a variety of chemicals including nicotine; heavy metals, aldehydes, glycerin, and flavoring substances.