The more information that comes out from folks who’ve studied e-cigarettes, the less they appear to be the silver bullet their proponents would you like you to believe they are. A recent study in New England Journal of Medicine suggests there may be something else to worry about when considering e-cigs: formaldehyde. You know formaldehyde… that stuff that had baby pigs and frogs floating in it back in science class. The substance the US National Toxicology Program describes as “known to be a human carcinogen“. Yeah… that stuff.
According to the study, “Under certain conditions, taking 10 puffs from an e-cigarette would expose a user to about 2.5 times as much formaldehyde as he or she would get from smoking a single tobacco cigarette, according to the study.”
The World Health Organization says formaldehyde can cause leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer.
Researchers calculated lifetime cancer risk incurred by inhaling formaldehyde would be 5 to 15 times higher for long-term e-cigarette users than for long-term tobacco users.
But these things are safe… right?
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