According to a new study commissioned by Japan’s health ministry, e-cigarettes have as much as 10 times the amount of cancer-causing elements as regular cigarettes. A team of researchers analyzed the vapor made by the popular electronic cigarette substitutes.
For those not in the know, e-cigarettes operate by heating a generally flavored liquid, which usually contains nicotine, into a vapor that the user inhales. It’s similar to smoking real cigarettes but smoke-free.
Scientists analyzed the e-cigarettes for signs of carcinogens. They discovered cancer-creating agents such as acetaldehyde and formaldehyde and in the vapor made by different kinds of e-cigarette liquid. In fact, formaldehyde – a substance in embalming fluids and building materials – was present at10 times the levels of those present in regular cigarette smoke.
Researcher Naoki Kunugita reiterated: “In one brand of e-cigarette the team found more than 10 times the level of carcinogens contained in one regular cigarette.” He also added that the quantity of formaldehyde found changed through the process of analysis. “Especially when the . . . wire (which vaporizes the liquid) gets overheated, higher amounts of those harmful substances seemed to be produced.”
Kunugita and his team at the National Institute of Public Health submitted their report to the ministry on Thursday but a representative from the health ministry made any official comments.
Much like other countries, Japan has yet to regulate e-cigarettes. They can even be purchased online. Japan, however, does not generally have them available at the local tobacco shops.
This past August, the WHO (World Health Organization) urged all governments to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as they believe e-cigarettes are dangerous to and pose a “serious threat” to young people and unborn babies. The research team hopes that their findings will encourage people to at least “think twice” before smoking e-cigarettes.
E-Cigarettes Have 10 Times More Carcinogens