E-cigs and Children: Adults Unsure of Secondhand Aerosol Harms
As with everything, the opinions on e-cigarettes are radically divided. Given all of our recent reports, new medical discoveries, as well as new laws, it seems opinions on this subject are opposing each other rather than finding a constructive meeting point. The burning question, however, remains unanswered. Are e-cigarettes a healthier alternative to smoking, or not?
Lawmakers say one thing, vapers another. A number of healthcare practitioners remain undecided. Some, as in the case of Dr Farsalinos, challenge all these statements so we can get an opinion on information and treatments, which is a benefit to us all.
E-cigs Insufficiently Researched
The problem is that e-cigarettes are still not fully researched. This leads to opinions based on some shallow and unconfirmed scientific data, or worse – based on assumptions.
Having this in mind, a team of researchers conducted a study in which adults were asked to share their perception of the harms youth exposure to e-cigarette aerosol. Exactly 4,127 adults were examined, and this is what was noted upon the completion of the research.
E-Cig Statistics Differ
While some stated that exposure to aerosol vapor can cause children a lot of harm, or are unsure about such a statement, 40% of examinees responded with – little or some harm. Differences in perception varied based on demographics. Caucasian men mostly perceived this exposure as harmless, while women and people of color differed. Current and former cigarette and e-cigarette users also believe that aerosol vapor from e-cigarettes does not cause much harm to the children.
The main objective of the study was for the participants to distinguish adults who believe that secondary aerosol from electronic vapor products causes or does not cause harm, evaluate variables associated with such attitudes, and analyze the potential harm of secondary aerosol.
Full research goals and outcomes can be found here. However, it seems that the research found wildly opposing views as well, so the answer to the question from the beginning is still not clear.
How would you answer the question?