If you believe that using e-cigarettes is way better than traditional cigs because it is safer, cheaper in the long run and will dramatically reduce your cancer risk then think again.
The journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research published a report that high-power e-cigarettes can produce formaldehyde. Formaldehyde if you don’t know is a very potent carcinogen. E-cigs also produce nicotine-laced vapor that users inhale. These substances are toxic.
Moreover, researchers from Japan just learned that e-cigarettes can contain much higher levels of carcinogens than regular cigarettes. As much as 10 times the level of formaldehyde can be found in the vapor produced by e-cigs.
Researcher Naoki Kunugita explained to the press how formaldehyde is produced in e-cigs. “When the… wire (which vaporizes the liquid) gets overheated, higher amounts of those harmful substances seemed to be produced,” she clarified.
“One new brand of e-cigarette, whose name has not been made public, showed a more than 10-fold increase in formaldehyde levels in nine out of every 10 sets,” Justin McCurry of The Guardian reported. “The device produced 1,600 micrograms of formaldehyde per 15 puffs.”
The group also learned that e-cigarettes can fuel potentially support life-threatening drug-resistant pathogens. This is based on lab study where they tested e-cigs vapor on live methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and human cells.
The vapor fueled the already drug-resistant bacteria to increase its virulence. It also decreased the human cells’ capability to defeat the supergerm. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) often live on our throat with just doubles the negative effect of e-cig vapor. A regular cigarette does the same to the supergerm on a worse level.
Food and Drug Administration already banned selling of e-cigarettes to minors and swore to create stricter policies on it over the coming years. United Nations on the other hand already called to ban smoking e-cigarettes indoors.
E-cigarettes have been specifically popular to young people. According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “More than a quarter of a million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes in 2013, according to a CDC study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. This number reflects a three-fold increase, from about 79,000 in 2011, to more than 263,000 in 2013.”