Scientific evidence is starting to suggest that electronic cigarette “smoke” is probably more dangerous to the public health than regular cigarette smoke — and the danger is not to the electronic cigarette smoker either.
Maybe the person who is smoking the electronic cigarette is saving himself from cancer but he or she might be exposing you to whatever serious illness they might have lurking in their respirator tract or oral cavity.
According to experts, the human mouth is one of the filthiest places on the face of the earth.
The mouth and throat of the average person contains enough pathogens to kill a person who gets bitten by another person. A human bite is a very dangerous injury, and before the advent of antibiotics, people feared being bitten by humans more than they feared being bitten by dogs.
A “pathogen” is any organism capable of producing disease in humans or animals. When a person smokes a regular ciagrette they inhale heavy hot smoke into their lungs and exhale a toxic load of heavy smoke, but when a person exhales from an electronic cigarette, that water vapor is capable of spreading millions of pathogens from the smoker over long distances.
Bacteria, fungi and viruses — the three pathogens that can be found in the human lungs and mouth and throat — cling to the water vapor’s micro-droplets and can easily spread to nearby people. In other words, each exhalation of the water vapor cigarette is like an uncovered sneeze. Whatever the smoker has hiding in his body gets countless chances to spread to an unsuspecting person. With a cold you might sneeze a few times per hour, but with an electronic cigarette, you’re essentially sneezing with every puff. Would you want to be near a person who was sneezing in your face every 30 seconds?
Scientists are starting to look deeper into this, but the theory that each exhalation of water vapor cigarettes is like a sneeze or a cough is not argued by many doctors.
“I would rather sit next to a guy smoking a regular cigarette than somebody smoking an electronic one,” said a doctor who refused to be identified.
“I would wager that within ten years the truth will come out that these electronic cigarettes easily spread tuberculosis and diphtheria and perhaps countless other respiratory and oral infectious bacteria. If I see an electronic cigarette smoker, I walk the other way.”
It does make perfect sense that water vapor leaving a person’s lungs would be a greater immediate danger than a whiff of tobacco smoke. Since the dawn of time diseases have been spread through respiratory secretions and an exhalation of water vapor from an electronic cigarette is a form of respiratory secretion. The best thing to do until more evidence comes in is to steer clear of people who smoke these crazy things.