E-Cigarettes May Be More Cancerous, But Vaping Advocates Aren't Convinced

E-Cigarettes More Cancerous Than Cigarettes: Think Again, ‘Vaping’ Advocates Claim

E-cigarettes were revealed to have 10 times the amount of carcinogens as traditional cigarettes in a recent study, but vaping advocates note that the previous study is deceptive.

First, let’s look at the background.

The Inquisitr recently reported on the e-cigarettes cancer study, noting that researchers in Japan were commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry to do the study. They discovered that carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were present in the vapor produced by several brands of e-cigarettes.

Formaldehyde is found in building materials and embalming fluid. Scientists found the levels of formaldehyde were much higher in e-cigarettes compared to regular cigarettes.

One brand of e-cigarette studied had 10 times the carcinogens contained in formaldehyde.

“Especially when the… wire (which vaporizes the liquid) gets overheated, higher amounts those harmful substances seemed to be produced,” the study stated.

The E-Cigarette Advocates Research Group issued a statement calling into question the study’s importance.

“Interestingly, while all news-media discuss about carcinogens (plural), the text mentions only formaldehyde. To tell the whole truth, this ‘substance found in building materials and embalming fluids’ is in reality present everywhere in the environment, in every house, in every city, town, village, urban or rural area. So, all the noise in the newsmedia is about one carcinogen, not some carcinogens. Moreover, the title is nothing but misleading since they found the formaldehyde at ’10 levels higher than cigarettes’ in 1 of the 10 products tested, not in every case.”

A 2008 look at the results used in the analysis showed that traditional cigarettes had six times more formaldehyde than the highest quantity found in the e-cigarettes from the recent study.

“While we still need to see the levels of carbonyls generated from high-power e-cigarette use (using appropriate atomizers of course), the message concerning all this media frenzy is clear,” said the group’s spokesperson. “Even in the worst-case Japanese product, e-cigarette aerosol contained 6 times lower formaldehyde levels compared to tobacco cigarette smoke. Where does the ’10 times higher than smoking’ statement comes from? I have no idea.”

The group did state that the author of the newest study, Professor Kunugita, contacted them in response to pointing out the discrepancy and noted that the latest study bases its findings on a newer model “in which he found 1600μg formaldehyde per 15 puffs.”

To that, the advocacy group responded.

“It is true that this level is 10 times higher than what is present in tobacco cigarettes. However, this is an unpublished result, a single extreme case out of the many products he tested, and we do not know what went wrong in that case (e.g. high power levels, low levels of liquid inside, malfunctioning device etc). Still, the media frenzy is completely inappropriate.”

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