E-cigarettes, battery powered cigarettes that contain no tobacco and produce no smoke, may be less healthy than previously thought.
A study done by French magazine, National Consumer Institute, found that e-cigarettes contain a significant amount of carcinogens. The study found that three out of the ten e-cigarettes studied had levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen, close to levels of carcinogens found in normal cigarettes. The study also found acrolein, which is a highly toxic chemical, at higher levels than what are found in normal cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been gaining momentum. The market for e-cigarettes is expected to reach $1 billion this year. According to analyst, the market could grow as large as $10 billion in the next five years and without regulation it is expected to pass the normal cigarette market by 2047, reports Yahoo News.
Seal Beach, Calif., approved a moratorium on Monday, that prevents new e-cigarette shops from opening up in the next 45 days. The city’s council is going to use this time to take a look at the e-cigarette business.