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Electronic Cigarette Releases Toxic Elements And Two Cancer-Causing Chemicals

First Posted: Jul 29, 2016 04:29 AM EDT
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A recent research shows that electronic cigarettes release two cancer-causing compounds and other harmful chemicals.
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A new research shows that the vapor from electronic cigarettes has two chemicals that can cause cancer. It also contains toxic chemicals, according to researchers.

The study was published in Environmental Science & Technology. It was led by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, according to The Verge.

The team examined the electronic cigarettes vapor by simulating vaping at different battery power settings. They discovered that the vaporizers released 31 toxic chemicals. These include the two possibly chemicals that can cause cancer. These were not previously found in e-cig vapor.

The chemicals that were produced varied depending on the temperature at which the liquids are vaporized by the device's heating coil. There would be an increased amount of chemicals emitted if the temperature inside the coil is higher.

The researchers said that when vaporizing, the liquid emits toxic chemicals. These include the propylene oxide and glycidol, which are two probable carcinogens.

Carcinogens are substances or radiations that are involved in causing cancer. These may harm the genome or to the disruption of cellular metabolic processes.

The FDA warned the public that some electronic cigarettes have diethylene glycol, which is an ingredient used in antifreeze in 2009. Likewise, another study in 2015 revealed that aerosols from electronic cigarettes have formaldehyde, which is another cancer-causing substance.

Hugo Destaillats, a co-author of the study from Berkeley Laboratory said that advocates of electronic cigarettes say emissions are much lower than from conventional cigarettes. On the other hand, he said that it may be true for certain users---for example, long time smokers that cannot quit---but the problem is, it doesn't mean that they're healthy. He concluded that regular cigarettes are super unhealthy and e-cigarettes are just unhealthy.

 

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