Kravers are trendsetters. Vaping e-cigarettes started as a fad, but have now carved a niche in mainstream society. The electronic cigarette industry is growing rapidly and evolving.
People who question the health benefits and safety of e-cigs are receiving conflicting answers. Researchers aim to answer these questions by learning morn about the side effects of vaping. These studies produce a lot of data, but it takes time to yield definitive answers. Here is some data that best answers your FAQs.
Do e-cigs contain anti-freeze?
E-cigarettes do not contain anti- freeze. This rumor started in 2009 after the FDA released their evaluations of Njoy, Smoking Everywhere Electronic Cigarette and Nicotrol Inhaler. One percent of diethylene glycol was found in a single sample of the Smoking Everywhere 555 High cartridge. Diethylene glycol is an organic compound found in anti-freeze.
Recent chemical evaluations on e-cig cartridges are testing negative for diethylene glycol. This means electronic cigarette cartridges do not contain anti-freeze.
Do e-cigs contain toxic chemicals and metals?
In 2013, Tobacco Control funded research to determine the levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapor from e-cigarettes. Twelve brands of e-cigs were tested in a controlled environment with the use of a modified smoking machine. Trace amounts of a few toxic substances found in cigarettes were found in electronic cigarettes. The toxin levels are 9-450 times lower than in cigarettes. In most cases the toxin levels were comparable to the trace amounts found in pharmaceutical preparation.
Are e-cigs safe?
The goal of this research study was to determine the levels of carcinogens and toxicants in e-cigarette vapor. The results showed that it is innocent to use electronic cigarettes as a substitute to tobacco.
Muray Laugesen, of the Health New Zealand Ltd, released a Safety Report on the Ruyan® e-cigarette Cartridge and Inhaled Aerosol in Oct. 2008. The purpose of the report was to assist regulators in New Zealand in the initial assessment of the safety, possible risks and benefits of this particular brand.
Seven leading government, university and commercial laboratories in New Zealand and Canada were contracted with Health New Zealand Ltd, to independently perform various tests on e-cig nicotine refill cartridges.
The results confirmed that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to regular cigarettes.
For more information, here are the links to the following studies:
Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapor from e-cigarettes: http://meetingdocs.alachuacounty.us/documents/bocc/agendas/2013-12-10/b07d056e-af31-4b99-8bf1-69558c17cc2d.pdf
Muray Laugesen, of the Health New Zealand Ltd:
FDA Evaluation of E-cigs: