Avoid flavored e-cigarette vapor for your health

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Scientists have found hazardous chemicals in flavored e-cigarette vapor.

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E-cigarettes have become very popular with users appearing to be convinced this form of smoking is safe. However the vapors from e-cigarettes may be harmful for your health.

Scientists have discovered there are hazardous chemicals in flavored e-cigarette vapor

Desert Research Institute reported that scientists have discovered there are hazardous chemicals in flavored e-cigarette vapor. They have been stressing the need to therefore investigate this matter further.

A team of atmospheric scientists at the Desert Research Institute have focused on the popular e-cigarette industry. They decided to study the unidentified effects which vaping has on the health of people. They have found that vapors which are produced by flavored e-cigarettes liquids have dangerous levels of toxic chemicals which are known to cause cancer in people.

Toxic aldehydes such as formaldehyde are formed during the process of the chemical breakdown of the flavored e-liquid

Toxic aldehydes such as formaldehyde are formed during the process of the chemical breakdown of the flavored e-liquid which results from the rapid heating process called pyrolysis which takes place inside of e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems. Andrey Khlystov, Ph.D., who is an associate research professor of atmospheric sciences at Desert Research Institute, says that the production of toxic aldehydes is dependent exponentially on the concentration of compounds used for flavoring.

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The World Health Organization says that according to a 2014 report e--cigarette liquids have been marketed in about 8,000 different flavors. Adolescents and young adults have been particularly attracted to flavors such as Tutti Fruitty, Gummy Bear, and Bubble Gum.

16-percent of high school students and 5.3-percent of middle school students were using e-cigarettes in 2015

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 16-percent of high school students and 5.3-percent of middle school students were using e-cigarettes in 2015. This made e-cigarettes the most commonly used tobacco product among kids for two years in a row. About 12.6 percent of adults in the United States had tried e-cigarettes at sometime in 2014 and about 3.7 percent were reported to be using e-cigarettes regularly.

In each study the amount of aldehydes which were produced by the flavored e-cigarette liquids were greater than the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values dealing with hazardous chemical exposure. Dr. Khlystov says that just one puff of the flavored e-liquids which were tested exposes the smoker to dangerously high levels of these aldehydes.

The wide variety of flavors offered in e-cigarettes attracts new, particularly young, users

This study has been published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists have determined that toxic aldehyde production is dominated by flavoring compounds during e-cigarette vaping. This is of great concern because the wide variety of flavors offered in e-cigarettes attracts new, particularly young, users.

E-cigarettes are being marketed as offering safer alternatives to traditional cigarette. However it has been demonstrated by several studies toxic aldehydes are formed in e-cigarette vapors while vaping. Clearly there is a need for a further in depth investigation of the effect which flavoring compounds has on the toxicity of e-cigarettes. Meanwhile it appears that the popular flavored e-cigarettes may be hazardous for your health. Why not enjoy some green tea instead of e-cigarettes.

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