e-cigs found to have ten times the cancer causing substances of tobacco

E-Cigarettes More Harmful Than Thought

New research from Japan shows that E-cigarettes have more that 10 x the cancer causing substances found in tobacco. As reported in Medical Observer:

E-CIGARETTES contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists say, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking.

A team of researchers commissioned by Japan’s health ministry studied the vapour produced by e-cigarettes for signs of carcinogens, a media report said.

The electronic devices – increasingly popular around the world, particularly among young people – function by heating flavoured liquid, which often contains nicotine, into a vapour that is inhaled, much like traditional cigarettes but without the smoke.

Researchers found carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in vapour produced by several types of e-cigarette liquid, TBS television reported yesterday.

Formaldehyde – a substance found in building materials and embalming fluids – was present at levels 10 times those found in the smoke from regular cigarettes

Many people have been sold on the idea that e-cigs have been safer than tobacco cigarets with some medical bodies saying they could be a safe way to come off nicotine addiction.

With this new research at hand I highly recommend avoiding this product due to it’s high risk of exposure to cancer causing chemicals.

Dr George Forgan-Smith