Hi dopers. I started a new job last month and I’m taking inbound sales calls all day from 8 to 4. There are about 200 people on the floor taking calls, and a number of them “smoke” electronic cigarettes.
A guy sitting across from me is hooked on these things and takes huge drags off his device then emits a cloud of vapor up into the air. When the cloud descends I smell its sickly sweet odor and can’t help but breathe it. It’s getting to me. It is irritating to my lungs and causes headache. I asked a few coworkers how they feel and none so far feel the effects as I do. Today I was flanked to the right by another e-cig smoker. Every time I got the warning odor I timed my breath to avoid inhaling what had just been exhaled as much as possible. Still, by noon I had a headache and notable irritated lungs.
For the record I’m a super healthy vegan; I consume (mostly) organic foods, exercise and meditate daily and have no unhealthy habits. I sleep well and my stress level is pretty low. I am cool with my coworkers and don’t dislike any of them. The only variable (that would cause a headache) is these cigs and they are getting to me.
It’s not like I’m looking for reasons to dislike electronic cigs or smokers. Quite the contrary - I am as non judgmental as possible and the only reason I’m venting here is to seek consensus on the second hand effect of these things. I MAY be more sensitive than average but at the same time I don’t see how the vapor can not contain appreciable amounts of toxins. How would a quick inhalation and exhalation both satisfy the craving of the smoker and at the same time absorb all the chemicals? I know my body and it’s feeling the effect of this vapor. I know it’s not psychosomatic but no searches so far have turned up complaints similar to mine…
Is anyone else experiencing sensitivity to this vapor?