Scientists Weigh In – Secondhand Vapor Is Not Harmful
By | October 30th, 2017

Although vaping has been around since 2004, the real uptick in vapers only happened several years ago, when the industry ironed out the kinks and presented casual users with a wide variety of easy-to-use vaping devices. Since then, the vaping community has been under constant attacks from vaping opponents, most of which are able to secure serious coverage by the mainstream media.

One of the more debated issues is the supposed danger of secondhand vaping. Similarly to smokers, vapers have been accused of polluting the air around them and exposing others (mainly children and young adults) to the dangers of secondhand vapor. One small, but widely quoted study, even went as far as to suggest that vaping seriously impairs indoor air quality by depositing particles of harmful substances.

However, is that really the case?

Vaping is not smoking and vapor is not cigarette smoke, which contains over 4000 chemical compounds, 69 of which are carcinogenic. In essence, e-liquid (substance vaporized by vape pens and other vaping devices) contains only several ingredients which, under normal vaping practices, produce no harmful substances.

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Johnson Applauds Trump Administration for Delaying Harmful E-Cigarette Rule
Friday, May 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after a Justice Department court filing revealed that “the FDA has represented that it will defer enforcement of all future compliance deadlines under the deeming rule for e-cigarette products for 3 months”:

“I applaud the Trump administration for taking steps to delay enforcement of the FDA’s burdensome rule over e-cigarettes. This rule threatens an emerging industry, as well as former smokers who have switched to vaping. While this is only a first step, I am hopeful that the administration will permanently rein in this regulation so that the e-cigarette industry can continue to provide safe products that help save lives.”

Johnson has raised concerns for nearly a year about the FDA’s e-cigarette regulation issued under the Obama administration, saying it could create undue burdens on small businesses and possibly lead to negative unintended health consequences.


Over the last year, Chairman Johnson has sent several letters to the current and previous administration regarding the FDA’s e-cigarette regulation.

Chairman Johnson’s letters to former FDA Commissioner Califf:

May 17, 2016

June 6, 2016

July 15, 2016

November 21, 2016

Chairman Johnson and Representative Hunter’s letter to Vice President-elect Pence on December 12, 2016.

Chairman Johnson’s letter to Secretary Price on February 21, 2017.