The study was in response to one of the first bans of e-cigarette use in areas that are deemed non smoking for persons in Suffolk county New York. This includes indoors at bars, restaurants, airports, or just about any enclosed area. Legislators in New York stated that they would be willing to lift the ban when scientific evidence could be produced that confirmed e-cigs did not pose a health risk to bystanders. This is the same stipulation given in every subsequently successful ban on e-cigarettes.
In an article on the Phoenix Ecigs blog http://www.phoenixecigs.com/
"The problem with this aggressive legislation trend is firstly that the state governments claim it is because they don’t know anything about electronic cigarettes. Despite the wealth of information available these days....Another big problem with this is that the CDC admits by implication that higher taxes and public bans on tobacco cigarettes have had little to no effect on the use of tobacco this entire time. So why ban ecigarettes simply because you are misinformed?"
For the past two years NVC has been creating fundraising events and accepting donations to create and implement the IVAQS project. In early 2012 the study was completed. They collected data between indoor e-cig vapor use and comparatively the smoke from tobacco use at the Clarkson University’s Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science. An independent toxicologist reviewed the submitted data. Overseeing the study were the efforts of CHANGE http://www.airqualitychange.com (an environmental health consulting firm dedicated to clean indoor air).
The abstract conclusions of the study are that;
“Electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to cigarettes and are not likely to produce discernible cancer or non-cancer related health effects”.
The abstract also states;
“Non-cancer risk analysis revealed ‘No Significant Risk’ of harm to human health for vapor from e-liquids. In contrast, for tobacco smoke most findings markedly exceeded the HI Risk Limit indicating a condition of ‘Significant Risk’ of harm to human health.”
Across the country in the U.S. state governments have been trying to pass these bans on ecigs. Why? The primary reasons stem from anti-smoking groups and organizations that have openly admitted to a fanatical abstinence only policy without looking into the reality of the situation. Like how many consumers claim incredible success quitting traditional tobacco using ecigs. Or the claim that ecig users admit to improvements in their health when making the switch to e-cigarettes.
The IVAQS project, along with others like it, will no doubt engender more positive responses from government officials and e cigarette detractors alike as it makes its way through the channels necessary to show the world what Phoenix Ecigs and the rest of the vaping community have been saying for years… electronic cigarettes work!