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IVAQS is complete

Postby Artist Boy » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:07 am

http://www.ivaqs.com/

IVAQS= Indoor Vaping Air Quality Study

In 2009, National Vapers Club (NVC) fought the ban on e-cigarette sales in Suffolk County, New York. We were able to stop the ban on sales, but the first indoor e-cigarette use ban passed. The legislators we met with assured us that once there was scientific evidence that e-cig vapor was not presenting a risk to public health, the ban would be reversed. That was the beginning of the IVAQS Project (Indoor Vapor Air Quality Study Project).

NVC spent more than 2 years soliciting donations from the vaping community and e-cigarette vendors and holding fundraisers like Vapefest and finally raised enough funds to complete the study which ultimately cost around $100,000.

NVC contracted CHANGE (http://www.airqualitychange.com) to oversee the indoor air quality study that would show whether e-cigarette vapor may present a risk for bystanders. In 2011 data was collected at Clarkson University’s Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science. Data was presented to an independent toxicologist in December 2012 and analyzed. Over the last two month… the paper was written.

The full article has been submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal and we hope it will be published quickly as the results are the first to show that the contents of e-cigarette vapor pose no “significant risk” to bystanders.

This data will be presented to legislatures and health departments in localities where e-cigarette bans have been proposed. We hope they will favor scientific evidence over the fear mongering tactics used by the anti-e-cigarette organizations.

The abstract below gives a summary of the results.

IVAQS Project Abstract

Characterization of High Nicotine Electronic Cigarette Liquids (E-Liquids) for Assessing the Impact of E-cigarette Vapor on Indoor Air Quality

1McAuley, TR*, 2Hopke, PK, 2Zhao, J, 4Babaian, S

*Address correspondence to Timothy R. McAuley, Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & a Greener Environment, LLC, 14 Stonehurst Drive, Queensbury, NY 12804-9358 email: mcauleyt@airqualitychange.com

ABSTRACT

Context: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have earned considerable attention in recent years as an alternative to smoking tobacco, but uncertainties about the impact on health and indoor air quality have resulted in proposals for bans on indoor e-cigarette use.

Objective: To assess the impact on indoor air quality and public health relating to the use of e-cigarettes, a series of studies were conducted using e-cigarettes and standard tobacco cigarettes.

Methods and Materials: Four different high nicotine e-liquids were vaporized in two sets of experiments by generic 2-piece e-cigarettes to collect emissions and assess indoor air concentrations of common tobacco smoke byproducts. Tobacco cigarette smoke tests were conducted for comparison.

Results: Comparisons of the pollutant concentrations were made between e-cigarette vapor and the tobacco smoke samples. From these results, toxicity analysis (based on a 40 m3 room) evaluated HIs (Total Cumulative Hazard Indices) and ELCRs (Excess Lifetime Cancer Risks) from all pollutants compared to acceptable Risk Limits. Non-cancer risk analysis revealed “No Significant Risk” of harm to human health for vapor from e-liquids (A-D). In contrast, for tobacco smoke most findings markedly exceeded the HI Risk Limit indicating a condition of “Significant Risk” of harm to human health. No cumulative ELCR for vapor from e-liquids A-D exceeded the Cancer Risk Limit for either children or adults. The tobacco smoke sample approached the ELCR Risk Limit for adult exposure.

Conclusions: Electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to cigarettes and are not likely to produce discernible cancer or non-cancer related health effects.

Acknowledgements:
The authors would like to recognize that this research would not have been possible without many contributions made by key individuals who brought additional expertise to this research. We would like to thank Peter W. Woodman, Ph.D for the toxicological risk analysis, Mary Bielaska, Esq. for her legal counseling, Murray Laugesen, FNZCPHM for his suggestions on methodology, Yolanda Villa, Esq. for her consulting support, Janet Andersen for her administrative support, Victoria Vasconcellos and others listed below for their financial support as well as hundreds of National Vapers Club members who provided individual financial contributions.

The above abstract was also handed out at Vapefest in Chicago March 30th- Apr 1st. Once the study is published I will update this thread with links to the full study.
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby Idoru99 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:26 pm

That is great news. Wonder if the legislatures will listen and hold up their end.
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby nickslife89 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:13 pm

it will never reverse, there mean people, even a fraction of danger in the air and i just know it, they will say no.
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby Sky Davis » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:07 am

I'm glad there are so many good people fighting to keep vaping around. Wonderful news, indeed.
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby wi110w » Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:08 am

That's awesome! Glad there is now scientific data backing up what all of us already knew.
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby Slag Thompson » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:04 am

Great news. :clap: One for the Vapers. :thumbup:
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby SlyVaper » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:13 am

Amazing how people will jump all over something as tiny as an ecig while the air is filled with all kinds of exhaust fumes. Even a fireplace will create more toxicity in a home in one hour than an ecig for an entire winter.
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby wi110w » Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:31 pm

SlyVaper wrote:Amazing how people will jump all over something as tiny as an ecig while the air is filled with all kinds of exhaust fumes. Even a fireplace will create more toxicity in a home in one hour than an ecig for an entire winter.



So true, but when ecigs get as much bad press as they seem to be getting as of late.....well you can't expect anything less than a ton of skeptics come out of the woodwork. :(

I'm hoping that things like this and after more studies come along and prove what we all already know to be truth will shut up most of them.
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby FearAndLoathing » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:37 am

I find it pretty funny that with all the badmouthing surrounding E-Cigs, the first real study was funded by vapers themselves. Not the morons trying to push through bans. I think we can call this a win. :D
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Re: IVAQS is complete

Postby Artist Boy » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:29 pm

even if the people trying to push the bans did a study they would falsify the finding in their favor... they have done it before. They are only doing it for the money.

They just need to get the study published now in a journal so the complete details will put out there. The abstract is a nice start but I want to see the full details.
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