A recent study commissioned by the Ministry of Health in Japan, has found that e-cigarettes may hold more carcinogens than traditional cigarettes. One brand which was tested contained ten times as many toxins.
The growing popularity of e-cigarettes has raised significant controversy among public health authorities. Organizations as disparate as the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration have shared concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes and the effects of nicotine.
The carcinogens identified in the study included formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Both ingredients are found in several types and forms of liquids used in e cigs.
The study is the most recent to cause headaches for the industry that sells itself as a safer alternative to nicotine craving.
While still relatively new, the research so far is minimal and often contradicts other studies which show positive effects from “vaping.” What the study does is add another piece to the e-cig puzzle. Researchers have long known that when e-cig liquid is heated, some carcinogens are created. What isn’t known is how much and how many. Thomas Glynn, former director of cancer science with the American Cancer Society said that e-cigarettes hold 10 times more formaldehyde.
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