CDC Study: Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop

In a study produced by the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services titled, "Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop", in 2017, the DHHS and CDC studied the volume of airborne chemicals in a vape shop after employees and customers used vape juice in the store. What they found is very promising for the vaping industry, and proves (again!) the value of unbiased research over outside-funded studies meant to prompt public unrest. Let's dive into the study and see what we learned, shall we?

U.S. HHS, CDC, NIOSH


According to the highlights of the study provided in the write-up, the focus of the study was to evaluate the air quality in a particular vape shop for many of the chemicals as-named by the mainstream media and anti-vaping groups. What they found was really important for vapers and their health; a negligible quantity of each chemical was reported in the air, or, a "below occupational exposure limits" amount, which means two things: 1. Vaping still isn't 100% safe. We know that, you know that, everyone knows that. However, it's an important distinction to continue pointing out. Vaping is not 100% safe, BUT it is 95% safer than smoking. Never forget that. 2. When someone tells you vaping exposes you to chemicals like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, they're wrong. Simple as that. They may not be lying, maybe they read it somewhere, but they are incorrect; two different things, but very important to remember.

The methodology behind the study featured multiple air-sampling locations, as well as individual air quality testing of the employees during their full-shifts. In addition, the technicians did surface tests on the countertops and other high-traffic areas of the store in order to determine the presence of metals and minerals that may have been in the air and settled on the surfaces. What they found, over the course of their two-day study, was the virtual absence of several of the chemicals tested for, including Hexandione and Pentanedione, as well as quantities of Diacetyl that were so low, they had to provide an estimate that represented the difference between the minimum detectable concentration and the minimum quantifiable concentration, according to data reported in the study. In short, they found basically no Diacetyl. On top of that, the average quantity of Acetaldehyde detected for each employee was over 18,000 times lower than the OSHA permissible exposure limit. 18,000 times lower.

We bring all of this up for one specific reason. Although this is a 2017 study, you see the data that our own government is presenting to the public out of concern for its citizens' health. You also, I'm sure, see a ton of news claiming that vaping is known to cause certain diseases, or "There's formaldehyde in there!", but it's important to see where those studies took place and who did them. Also, find out who's behind the studies. Who funded them? Who called for the study to take place? Is there a special interest invested in the outcome of the study? These are all important questions for everything you read about vaping. In fact, they're kind of just important questions to ask all of the time. Make sure you stay alert, and, while you're at it, VAPE ON!


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