The facts of vaping

How does vaping affect others?

Vaping impacts others. It may not be physically harmful, but it can be a nuisance or disliked by people. Vapers need to be considerate about who they vape in front of, particularly children.

Second-hand vapour

As vaping is relatively new there is no evidence yet that second-hand vapour is dangerous to others. However it is best to not vape around children.

To date, there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to the health of bystanders.

Evidence Review of E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products 2018, a report commissioned by Public Health England

Personal preference

Some people find vapour unpleasant or may be sensitive to it. Vapers should respect the requests of individuals and businesses not to vape, and also avoid vaping in parks or on transport. It’s courtesy really. If you’re impacting on someone else’s air, don’t vape around them.

People with asthma... can be sensitive to a range of environmental irritants... and PHE advises organisations take this into account... when making policies.

Evidence Review of E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products 2018, a report commissioned by Public Health England

Young people taking up vaping

From 11 November 2020, vaping products, including ‘toy’ products must not be sold to under 18s. It is also illegal for vaping products to be delivered by someone over 18, or arrange for delivery to under 18s.

You should not vape around children and young people as it has the potential to appeal to them. The increase in vaping among young people is a growing concern. This behaviour needs to be effectively monitored. Young people need to know the facts about vaping and the potential risks associated with vaping for their health and well-being.

There is evidence that young people who try vaping tend to try smoking. However, it is not possible to say from this evidence that vaping caused people to smoke.