E-Cigarettes Might Be Less Healthy Than Thought

by William White | August 27, 2013 3:50 pm

E-cigarettes, battery powered cigarettes that contain no tobacco and produce no smoke, may be less healthy[1] 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[2] 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.

Endnotes:
  1. less healthy: http://news.yahoo.com/e-cigarettes-cause-cancer-122500340.html
  2. approved a moratorium: http://losalamitos.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/seal-beach-puts-clamps-on-ecigarettes

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