Although e-cigarettes have been on the market for around ten years, the facts about the effects of vapors are quite contradictory. As far as you can call them facts, they are often assumptions based on small-scale studies that do not meet scientific standards. Of course, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment is carefully looking at the popularity of electric cigarettes, what conclusions do they actually draw?

Is vaping dangerous for the user?

The two main ingredients in e-liquid are Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin. The first substance also occurs in smoke machines (so no smoke comes out) and the second substance is in various products including foodstuffs. In limited concentrations these substances are not harmful, in high concentrations irritations can occur. Nicotine is addictive, or it is furthermore harmful to health is independent of that. Like caffeine, nicotine also has positive effects on the body such as reducing stress. The main risk lies in low-quality e-liquids with unauthorized ingredients. Therefore always choose official products that are sold in the Netherlands.

Is vaping dangerous for the environment?

Here too, nicotine is again mentioned as a potential health hazard. The effects of PG and VG are not or hardly noticeable for the environment. The RIVM states that clean air is the best, but also indicates that e-cigarettes are less harmful than normal tobacco smoking. Where fumes are on the scale from unhealthy smoking to breathing in 100% clean air, the RIVM does not want to say, because there is simply not enough concrete data available for this. Is vapor from e-cigarettes dangerous to health?

Over the past ten years, no research has shown that fumes are unhealthy. And that is the only factual conclusion that we can draw with certainty.