The research was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and was led by Neil Klepeis, an environmental scientist from the University, Melbourne Hovell, and Suzanne Hughes from Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health (C-BEACH), at the University San Diego.
The researchers visited each household twice to conduct interviews and ascertain daily activities and routines, such as cooking, cleaning, and smoking. Additionally they received automatic reports via the installed monitors through which they analyzed the air for ultra-fine particles as small as 0.5 millimeters.
Such particles could be derived from a wide spectrum of sources including fungal spores, dust, car emissions, and second hand smoke or vapor, and could all lead to a variety of respiratory complications.
Smoking vs Vaping Air Pollution
With regards to vaping and smoking, the following results were obtained :
- The households that permitted smoking inside reported twice the levels of pollution than those who did not.
- In the households were vaping was allowed indoors there was no significant increase in pollution levels than in those where it wasn’t.
“We observed no apparent difference in the weekly mean particle distribution between 43 homes reporting any electronic cigarette usage and those reporting none.” concluded the researchers.
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