In March of 2009 a small group of vapers, in Long Island, New York, formed a social club which gathered to discuss electronic cigarettes. Some of the most dedicated members of that group, when faced with a local ban on e-cigarettes, officially formed the Long Island Vapers Club (LIVC). LIVC fought the Suffolk County Legislature from April of 2009 until the fall of that year. The county was successful at banning use of the product indoors, but failed to take away the right to buy and sell the product in Suffolk County, NY. This was due to the diligent efforts of the members who put in hundreds of hours of research to learn about e-cigarettes and went back to the public hearings time after time and educated the legislators about electronic cigarettes. In the end of 2009, due to increasingly widespread legislation being introduced regarding electronic cigarettes, the Long Island Vapers Club was renamed and incorporated as the National Vapers Club (NVC).
Legislators repeatedly told NVC members that if they could show scientific evidence that e-cigarette vapor were not harmful to those around the user that the bans would be reversed. By holding raffles and fundraisers like Vapefest and soliciting donations from the vaping community and e-cigarette retailers over 2 long years the NVC founders raised over $100,000 and contracted CHANGE (www.airqualitychange.com) to oversee the indoor vapor air quality study (IVAQS) that would show whether e-cigarette vapor may present a risk for bystanders. In 2011 data was collected at Clarkson University’s Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science. Data was presented to an independent toxicologist in December 2011 and analyzed. Early in 2012 the paper was written and it was published in the peer reviewed journal Inhalation Toxicology in October 2012.
This data will be presented to legislatures and health departments in localities where e-cigarette bans have been proposed or passed. We hope they will favor scientific evidence over the fear mongering tactics used by anti-e-cigarette organizations.
The abstract below gives a summary of the results of the study. You may purchase the full study via Informa HERE.
Press Release Available HERE.
IVAQS Project Abstract
Comparison of the Effects of E-cigarette Vapor and Cigarette Smoke on Indoor Air Quality
(short title – Assessment of E-cigarette Vapor and Cigarette Smoke)
1McAuley, TR*, 2Hopke, PK, 2Zhao, J, 3Babaian, S
1Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & a Greener Environment, LLC (CHANGE), Corporate Headquarters, Queensbury, NY 12804-9358
2Center for Air Resources Science & Engineering (CARES), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5708
3National Vapers Club, Long Island, NY
Context: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have earned considerable attention recently as an alternative to smoking tobacco, but uncertainties about their impact on health and indoor air quality have resulted in proposals for bans on indoor e-cigarette use.
Objective: To assess potential health impacts relating to the use of e-cigarettes, a series of studies were conducted using e-cigarettes and standard tobacco cigarettes.
Methods and Materials: Four different high nicotine e-liquids were vaporized in two sets of experiments by generic 2-piece e-cigarettes to collect emissions and assess indoor air concentrations of common tobacco smoke byproducts. Tobacco cigarette smoke tests were conducted for comparison.
Results: Comparisons of pollutant concentrations were made between e-cigarette vapor and tobacco smoke samples. Pollutants included VOCs, carbonyls, PAHs, nicotine, TSNAs, and glycols. From these results, risk analyses were conducted based on dilution into a 40 m3 room and standard toxicological data. Non-cancer risk analysis revealed “No Significant Risk” of harm to human health for vapor samples from e-liquids (A-D). In contrast, for tobacco smoke most findings markedly exceeded risk limits indicating a condition of “Significant Risk” of harm to human health. With regard to cancer risk analysis, no vapor sample from e-liquids A-D exceeded the risk limit for either children or adults. The tobacco smoke sample approached the risk limits for adult exposure.
Conclusions: For all byproducts measured, electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to tobacco cigarettes. The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed.
The authors would like to recognize that this research would not have been possible without many contributions made by key individuals who brought additional expertise to this research. We would like to thank Peter W. Woodman, Ph.D for the toxicological risk analysis, Mary Bielaska, Esq. for her legal counseling, Murray Laugesen, FNZCPHM for his suggestions on methodology, Yolanda Villa, Esq. for her consulting support, Janet Andersen for her administrative support, Victoria Vasconcellos and others listed below for their financial support as well as hundreds of National Vapers Club members who provided individual financial contributions.
A very special thank you to the 2 people who were not thanked in the acknowldgements but without whom this study would not have been possible.
October 4, 2012 - IVAQS has been published and you may purchase the full study via Informa HERE.
October 2, 2012 - IVAQS will be published next week in the peer reviewed journal Inhalation Toxicology. This will be the first peer reviewed study to test such a wide variety of compounds and still show that the contents of e-cigarette vapor pose no “significant risk” to bystanders.
September 18, 2012 - The full article has undergone peer review and has been accepted for publication in Journal of Inhalation Toxicology. It will be published next month. This will be the first peer reviewed study to test such a wide variety of compounds and still show that the contents of e-cigarette vapor pose no “significant risk” to bystanders.
7/30/12 - We have completed requested revisions and re-submitted IVAQS for publicaton. We expect to hear back shortly on a publication date.
7/22/12 - In June 2012 we received notice from the Journal we submitted IVAQS to that they are interested in publishing our paper but would like certain charts and figures revised. We have been working on this and will re-submit with revisions in a week or so. IVAQS has also been accepted as a poster presentation at the 2012 International Society of Exposure Science conference.
4/3/12 - In 2009, National Vapers Club (NVC) fought the ban on e-cigarette sales in Suffolk County, New York. We were able to stop the ban on sales, but the first indoor e-cigarette use ban passed. The legislators we met with assured us that once there was scientific evidence that e-cig vapor was not presenting a risk to public health, the ban would be reversed. That was the beginning of the IVAQS Project (Indoor Vapor Air Quality Study Project).
3/27/12 - IVAQS Paper is complete! It will be submitted for publication on 3/28/12. An abstract of the paper will be handed out at Chicago Vapefest this weekend! Abstract will be posted here soon.
12/4/11 - IVAQS paper is being written and is in the first draft stage. Toxicology reports are being done now and we should have a working draft before the end of the year. Still need about $3500 to complete the project.(Thank you to VolcanoEcigs.com for their contribution to help complete this project!!!)
11/4/11 - After raising nearly $12,000 at Vegas Vapefest we now have enough to pay the researcher to complete writing the IVAQS paper for publication. we are still $3500 short to pay toxicologists to anayze the data and without those results we cannot complete the paper. We will borrow that if necessary and pay the money back after Boston Vapefest in March, but any donations are appreciated (click here). We are working on the drafts of paper now and we hope to have it ready to submit for publication by the end of the year.
UPDATED Donations 4/1/12:
Platinum Level ($5,000+)
National Vapers Club - $30,000
Cignot.com - $25,000
PureSmoker.com - $10,000
Gold Level ($2,000 - $4,999)
Silver Level ($1,000 - $1,999)
Bronze Level ($501-$999)
Sponsor Level ($300 to $500)
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