In December 2011, the Utah Vapers began working closely with FlavourArt from Milan Italy to research the current studies on electronic cigarettes. They found a lack of evidence to support the belief we all had in that there was no harm to bystanders in exhaled vapor (second-hand vapor). After months of coordination, Clearstream Air was announced to the world electronic cigarette community on 22 March 2012 – also known as World Vaping Day.
Simply put, the Clearstream Air project is a comparative evaluation between tobacco and electronic cigarettes and hoped to draw a positive conclusion about the lack of harm with electronic cigarette usage. The study focused on the release of airborne contaminants in closed room environment to determine if there are any contaminants and if so, at what levels.
The following substances were measured for in the exhaled smoke and vapor.
- Carbon monoxide CO
- Nitrogen oxides NOx
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons PAHs
- Volatile Organic Compounds VOC
- Total Organic Carbon TOC
- Glycerine and propylene glycol (components of the electronic cigarettes fluids)
The study has been completed and a professional doctoral review completed, they announced that the results are better than we could have anticipated. In short, there is NO harm found in exhaled vapor from electronic cigarettes. The most exciting results is that testing did not detect any nicotine in the exhaled vapor. Now, you may ask why is this exciting. Well on two levels. 1) This means that the human lung absorbs most if not all of the nicotine which has long been questioned within the global electronic cigarette community; and 2) This also means no nicotine was detected in the ‘second-hand vapor’. All other substances measured for electronic cigarettes were FAR below allowable levels for human inhalation according to the FDA. In fact, the levels were so low that it proves it is more hazardous to your health to breath the air in any major downtown metropolitan city during heightened times of driving.