Impact of electronic cigarettes on indoor air quality A systematic review

Parinita Sah, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Background: The use of electronic cigarettes has dramatically increased over the past decade, mostly answering the public health issues that arose due to tobacco smoking, including prevention of cancer, addiction, abuse and indoor air quality. Objectives: This review is based on the current available literature and focuses on the importance of electronic cigarettes and its effect on indoor air quality. This systematic review affirms that electronic cigarettes cause deterioration in indoor air quality. They produce fewer pollutants and lower concentrations compared to conventional tobacco cigarettes. Methods: A systematic review was conducted to consolidate the excessive amount of available data to logically perceivable bite size information related to electronic cigarettes and indoor air quality. Results: When compared to conventional tobacco cigarettes, but higher compared to control or background emissions, thus still causing secondhand and third-hand exposures causing deterioration in indoor air quality. Conclusion: The studies have shown that indoor air pollutants like nicotine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, and PM 10) and trace metals are present in the emissions from electronic cigarettes. More research on electronic cigarettes and their impacts on indoor air quality should be conducted using standardized procedures, preserving consistency and enhancing inferential quality.

Subject Area

Public health|Environmental science

Recommended Citation

Sah, Parinita, "Impact of electronic cigarettes on indoor air quality A systematic review" (2016). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI10126241.