E-cigarettes health: For smokers of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes for short), the smoking cessation inhalers designed to mimic traditional cigarettes are “potentially carcinogenic,” says a recent study carried by UPI on Aug. 27.
France's National Consumer Institute reported that 12 different models of e-cigarettes, both the disposable and rechargeable brands, were tested and found to contain surprisingly high amounts of toxins.
Vapor produced by the inhalers showed “carcinogenic molecules in a significant amount,” and also revealed traces of acrolein, a toxic molecule emitted in quantities “that exceeded the amount found in the smoke of some cigarettes.”
“In three cases out of 10, for products with or without nicotine, the content of formaldehyde was as much as the levels found in some conventional cigarettes,” the report said.
E-cigarettes operate by using a heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution inside of the cartridge. Some release actual nicotine, while others merely release flavored vapor. The study also cited concerns over the liquid refills not being childproof.
“Electronic cigarettes are far from the harmless gadgets that they are presented as,” wrote National Consumer Institute editor Thomas Laurenceau.
E-cigarette users and retailers are calling the study “flawed,” pointing to the fact that the test recreated unrealistic circumstances that would never be encountered by an actual e-cigarette smoker.
New York e-cigarette store owner Jordan Bork said the “new method of testing, that results in flawed results, comes from performing non-realistic tests on the e-liquid of e-cigarettes, such as heating it well over 1,700 degrees (F), far beyond the temperature any realistic e-cigarette would be capable of doing.”
Bork also said that some of the e-cigarettes tested came from China, and were inherently a “lower quality product.”
Nevertheless, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned as far back as 2009 that e-cigarettes could pose health risks, and are moving to ban online sale of the so-called “vaping” product.
According to a CDC fact sheet, tobacco use worldwide causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
No one smokes like the Europeans. In France, approximately one in three males smokes, while one out of every four females light up, reports theguardian.com. Over one million French use e-cigarettes.