Many smokers vape in their homes, largely to protect their children from the dangers of secondhand smoke. SHS, which is also called environmental smoke, contains more than 4,000 chemicals, and at least 250 of them have been linked with serious, chronic, and often fatal health problems. Since e-cigarettes release no chemical tobacco smoke, they obviously release none of these harmful chemicals.
However, e-cigarettes are not 100 percent safe, especially around children. So, when vaping in the home, there are some important things to remember.
E-Cigs Are Poisonous
The liquid inside vape tanks contains pure nicotine, a substance that is poisonous to children if it is swallowed. Because nicotine travels directly to the brain, debilitating seizures can begin as little as twenty minutes after exposure, and other symptoms, such as dizziness and vomiting, usually begin even earlier. Most good tanks are very well sealed and tamper resistant, but young and curious children can break into almost anything if given enough time.
So, keep your spare tanks up and away from children. If they are in a locked case, that’s even better. Even after taking these precautions, keep an eye on your kids, and if they venture too close to the vape tanks, gently redirect them elsewhere.
On this same point, liquid nicotine is also poisonous to adults if it is touched. So, if you accidentally get any on your hands, wash it off immediately.
Don’t Let Children Vape
Because e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes, some people may be tempted to let children have a puff or two, thinking nothing bad will happen.
But that’s not true. The nicotine high that adults experience is greatly magnified in children, so one or two puffs may be enough to create a nicotine addiction. Moreover, while gaseous nicotine is not as poisonous as liquid nicotine, it is quite dangerous for children. It is linked to severe developmental disabilities and other chronic illnesses.
Children Are Watching
Believe it or not, children actually do watch their parents and mimic their actions. A 2013 Purdue University study concluded that children of smokers and 29 percent more likely to become smokers themselves.
Older children — perhaps 7 and above — can probably understand that Mommy or Daddy is smoking an e-cigarette because of a nicotine addiction and that smoking is unhealthy. Younger children probably cannot understand that analysis, so it’s best to vape when they are not in the room.
Use an Air Filter
E-cigarette vapor contains poisonous nicotine, albeit in very small amounts. So, it is very easy to remove with a HEPA room filter. Try to vape near the filter for maximum effectiveness.
Tips like these will give you peace of mind that you are doing the utmost to protect your children if you vape.