While very little study has been done on the health effects of e-cigarettes
and nicotine vaporizers, they are nonetheless exploding in popularity.
In fact, the sales of e-cigarettes have skyrocketed from roughly $20 million
in 2008, to more than$2 billion in 2014.
As more and more people use e-cigs and vaporizers, many of them will inevitably
choose to smoke while driving a car. While many may instantly see it as
a bad idea, this raises a major question – is vaping while driving
The Three Main Types of Vaporizers
In order to determine the danger that e-cigarettes pose, we first break
them into three main categories. The products most commonly referred to
as e-cigarettes resemble just that – they are similar in size and
shape to a cigarette, and often work just by puffing on the device.
Next, there are tank-style vaporizers. These are more heavy-duty and are
popular among vaporizer enthusiasts. The tank is filled with a nicotine
liquid, which can be refilled as the “juice” is vaporized.
Lastly, and mainly for the hardcore vaporizer crowd, there are drip-style
vapes. With these, the nicotine juice must be dripped onto a cotton wick
with some regularity, and they feature complex button mechanisms.
Hands Off the Wheel
Just as with smoking traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes often require
you to take one hand off the wheel. For “all-in-one” e-cig
products, such as the Blu or Njoy brands, this is probably not as serious
of a concern, as these products have a largely hands-free operation. The
tank style vaporizers, on the other hand, are clunky and often require
two hands to refill. Attempting to drip e-liquid onto one of these devices
can absolutely become a manual, visual, and a cognitive distraction.
Anyone who is familiar with the tank or drip-style vaporizers is undoubtedly
familiar with the extremely dense, thick fog that they can quickly create.
While the vapor quickly dissipates when outdoors or by a window, it can
be blindingly thick when exhaled into a closed car. The danger of this
is immediately obvious, as exhaling the vapor can reduce or completely
eliminate your visibility.
The Final Verdict
At the end of the day, any behavior which can lead to a physical, visual,
or mental distraction behind the wheel could be considered dangerous.
Despite this, the exact danger of vaporizing seems to depend largely on
what type of device you’re using, and how responsibly you are using
said device. As vaporizing becomes more popular, we will likely learn
more about the health effects and other associated dangers. Until then,
our West Palm Beach auto accident lawyer suggests you play it safe and
save the vaporizing for your smoke break!
Have you been injured in a car accident? Call our firm today at (561) 600-5605
to pursue fair compensation.