Toxic air: the rise of secondhand vape and marijuana

07:00 PM December 03, 2019

While the days of choosing between “smoking or non-smoking” sections may be long gone, the threat of secondhand smoke is as real as ever. Just take a look around — on the way to work, at a public park or beach, on the sidewalk, around your home, or just about anywhere. You don’t have to go far to run into secondhand smoke these days. It’s practically everywhere and that’s no coincidence. Secondhand smoke exposure has been skyrocketing and here’s why.

  • Secondhand marijuana exposure increased 86%in the last two years.
  • Secondhand vape exposure increased 67%in the last two years.

Let’s pause here for a second and consider those numbers. That’s an awful lot of smoke. And that’s without taking into account the source that started this whole mess — cigarettes. That’s right, even secondhand tobacco smoke exposure went up almost 6% over the same time period. Between those three sources alone, we’re facing an issue that’s too big to ignore and almost impossible to avoid.

Naturally, you’re probably wondering: Is all of it harmful? Unfortunately, YES. Even vape and marijuana secondhand smoke contain toxic chemicals. To keep it simple, a good rule of thumb is that all secondhand smoke is harmful. No matter what it comes from or smells like, there’s no such thing as safe secondhand smoke. That includes cigarillos and hookah, too. But despite the rising threat of secondhand smoke, there’s actually plenty you can and should do.


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