New warnings for e-cigarette users
According to the recent reports, e-cigarettes have been deemed safe for use as compared to the traditional cigarettes. However, the latest research conducted at the Harvard University suggest that they may not be as safe as they are thought to be. The research led by Dr. Joseph Allen took a team of researchers to the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and tested 51 type of liquids and flavored e-cigarettes. The findings of the research suggest that these flavoring liquids contain harmful chemicals that can be very harmful. The most common chemical found was diacetyl that has been the leading cause of "popcorn lung" affecting the workers in microwave popcorn facility. "We know that exposure to these flavoring chemicals has been associated with these really severe and irreversible lung disease," Allen said, as reported by New Jersey 101.5
Even though the e-cigarettes do not contact the 4,000 chemical compounds that were created by burning cigarettes, many of these chemicals found are toxic and carcinogenic. It is common to find tar, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide and ammonia in a regular cigarette. However, the biggest culprit is the nicotine that is very addictive and one may not know how much is being consumed by smokers through e-cigarettes. Since there is no quality control or regulation around the electronic cigarettes, it means that each drag of smoke may have inconsistent quantities of nicotine. FDA claims no jurisdiction over them as they are not considered as a drug delivery device, reports Medical Discovery News.
Professor Joep Perk, of the European Society of Cardiology, said: 'Smoking of all types is still, without any competition, the strongest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It beats everything. There has been a lot of research over the past two to three years which makes us very clear that all tobacco use, including the waterpipe, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, is simply not good for your health,' says Daily Mail