E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular, and many adults now use them at home and at work to help them quit smoking tobacco products. But there is still quite a lot of misinformation out there about the safety and proper use of e-cigarettes. One of the biggest questions that many people have is whether or not to use an e-cigarette in the house. After years and years of having to go outside to smoke, many former cigarette smokers are trained to go outside anytime they feel a craving. This is usually done to prevent the spread of secondhand smoke, which can harm non-smokers, pets and children. But is this really necessary when you use an e-cigarette, which removes the toxins from the equation? Read on to learn more about how safe the use of e-cigarettes is, and when you should take it outside.
Research has shown that vaping, or using an e-cigarette, is much safer for you than smoking regular cigarettes, chewing tobacco or smoking cigars. This is because an e-cigarette only contains nicotine and flavoring, and does not include tobacco. While nicotine is addictive, it is not the major cause of cancer in cigarettes. The tobacco is the really harmful part. By eliminating this, you reduce the amount of carcinogens taken into the body and spread throughout the air, reducing the spread of secondhand smoke.
Many people who do not smoke hate the smell of cigarettes, causing smokers to go outside and let the smoke dissipate instead of building up inside a room. E-cigarettes can be much more pleasant, depending on the flavor that the smoker chooses. The smell also goes away over time, because the vapor created as part of the e-cigarette smoke will fade out and disperse.
For parents who smoke, the biggest potential risk of smoking an e-cigarette may be exposing children to this habit. Kids tend to idealize parents, and seeing them smoking is one of the ways that kids start to develop an interest in smoking. Studies have shown that over time, children whose parents smoke are much more likely to do it themselves. So while the use of an e-cigarette might not be physically harmful to your kids, it can cause them to develop the habit themselves, which many parents hope to avoid.
Overall, while research shows that using an e-cigarette is up to 95 percent safer than smoking a cigarette, there are still reasons you may want to avoid using one inside. Taking your e-cigarette outside can keep the air in your home cleaner and also prevent your children from normalizing the act of smoking.
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