There’s still a lot we need to learn about how the vapor affects other people. We do know that vapor and nicotine can be inhaled by others, even if you’re the one vaping.
That said, if you’re vaping instead of smoking, it means you aren’t making your family breathe secondhand smoke, which contains hundreds of toxic chemicals and is known to cause lung cancer and heart disease. There may be no smoke or vapor that’s completely safe for those around you. But keeping loved ones from inhaling secondhand smoke is a step in the right direction.
One last word if you vape: Be very careful around children and pets. It’s dangerous if kids or furry friends accidentally swallow liquid nicotine or come in contact with e-cigarettes. Refill any devices away from kids and pets, and store e-cigarette products in a safe, childproof place. If you think that a family member has come in contact with these items, call poison control or your vet right away.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD, September 12, 2017