Does the use of e-cigarettes affect plants? #176146

Asked April 21, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

Does smoking e-cigarettes around plants in a greenhouse have any effect on the plants like smoking regular tobacco cigarettes does? 

Floyd County Kentucky

Expert Response

The main problem with smoking around garden plants (especially in greenhouses) is that tobacco leaves--which make up the major part of traditional cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco--can carry infectious tobacco mosaic virus. The virus doesn't harm people, but it can cause damage to a wide range of plants. The virus particles can be transferred to people who handle cigarettes and other tobacco products and then from those people to sensitive garden plants.

Because e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they cannot transfer any virus particles to greenhouse or garden plants. The vapor from e-cigarettes contains nicotine, which is a toxic insecticide but shouldn't harm any plants.
Larry Caplan Replied May 21, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

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