lunes, 9 de febrero de 2015

E-cig toxins; younger women at heart attack risk – 6 de Febrero de 2015 – EEUU

Q: My husband has been puffing on e-cigarettes for over a year, and he’s pretty much given up tobacco. I’m grateful, but I’d like him to give up the gadget, too. Can you give me some ammunition? -- Audrey S., Saugerties, New York

A: Absolutely. E-cigarettes are not harmless, although they are currently unregulated. Different brands and types of e-cigs contain varying levels of toxins. A new study for the Japanese Ministry of Health found that some e-cig vapors contained 10 times more formaldehyde than regular tobacco smoke, and formaldehyde is a very potent carcinogen. Puffing a lot on the device can overwork the heating element, releasing additional toxins (there even have been reports of e-cigarettes exploding).

A University of South California study found that some e-cigarettes contain four times more nickel than tobacco cigarettes, plus chromium (which is not found in regular smokes). Replacement cartridges may contain lead, zinc and other toxic metals. Although they are found at lower levels than in tobacco cigarettes, they’re still NOT good for you!

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