Is it safe to vape if I have pets?
The dangers of secondhand smoking are well known and can affect pets as well as human bystanders. Pets can develop breathing problems from inhaling cigarette smoke and their risk of developing certain types of cancer is increased by exposure to the toxins in cigarettes. The PDSA considers quitting smoking completely to be the best way for smokers to protect the health of their pets. If you’re considering vaping as an alternative to smoking, there are some small risks to pets that you should be aware of. The main risks are from the nicotine in e-liquids and potential sensitivity to exhaled vapour, both of which are avoidable.
The biggest risk to pets from vaping is actually from e-liquids, which are poisonous to cats and dogs because of the concentration of nicotine in them. If nicotine is ingested rather than inhaled, it is more rapidly absorbed into the blood and can make pets sick very quickly. It’s important to be aware that the smaller a pet is, the greater their reaction to nicotine will be. Nicotine poisoning is rarely fatal when treated, but it is very dangerous and always necessitates a trip to the vet. E-liquids also pose a specific risk to pet cats as they are often allergic to the key ingredient Propylene Glycol. It is possible to avoid these risks by preventing your pets from ingesting e-liquids. Always keep e-liquid bottles far out of reach of pets and dispose of empty containers safely. Make sure not to use bins that might be rummaged through by pets.
Although e-liquids pose the biggest risk to pets, ingestion of electrical parts is also a danger. Batteries containing alkaline can cause nasty burns if ingested by dogs or cats. To ensure this doesn’t occur, make sure not to leave e-cigarettes unattended when they are being charged and always store them safely out of reach of inquisitive pets.
Current evidence indicates that exhaled vaping aerosols pose a very low level of risk to bystanders, however animals may be more sensitive to them. Pet birds in particular have very sensitive airways, which can even be irritated by scented candles, and smaller animals will be more affected by exhaled aerosol than larger ones. In order to minimise the possibility of risk, it is best to vape in a different room to pets or to always open a window when vaping. Open windows help vapour dissipate quickly and limit pets’ exposure to it, decreasing the low risk of secondhand vaping even further.
It is reasonable to be cautious when vaping around pets, especially as cigarettes are a large threat to their health. However, a sensible vaping habit should not harm pets and when used as an alternative to smoking, removes the risks to them from cigarettes.
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Vaping is regulated under the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to protect consumers and ensure the safety of all products.
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Since its foundation, EDGE has been committed to manufacturing the safest vaping products in the world.
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At EDGE, we prioritise quality and safety above all else. We are constantly striving to create products that provide the best vaping experience for our customers, while also prioritising total compliance for safety and security.
Do I have to worry about Fire Risk if I vape indoors?
Smoking is the largest cause of domestic fire fatalities. Vaping relies on atomisation rather than combustion, so the level of fire risk from vaping is rare compared to traditional smoking materials.
Is there a risk from secondhand vaping?
The evidence that secondhand smoke causes harm is well-known. The harmful chemicals produced when cigarettes burn pollute the air and negatively impact not only the health of smokers, but the health of the people around them as well.
What is ASH?
ASH stands for Action on Smoking and Health. It is a public health charity group that was founded in 1971 by the Royal College of Physicians
How does EDGE achieve safety results above and beyond TPD regulations?
As part of our commitment to making the safest e-liquids in the world, EDGE commissioned an independent Toxicology Study.