An FDA panel that reviewed the evidence had said the presence of the agents in two products indicated that vapers could put themselves and others at greater risk to a stroke, heart attack or cancer. “It was clear to us that this was a real health risk to vapers,” said Sharon O’Leary, assistant deputy commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, about the agents.
Although much attention in the media and Washington, DC focused on the health hazards of e-cigarettes, a new study conducted by Dr. David Sweanor from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Washington has discovered that vaping cigarettes is equivalent to smoking cigarettes of the same “tar” content! (Tars, that is) But of course the authors of this study were not able to compare e-cigarettes to the many regular cigarettes already available within the marketplace; they also did not compare e-cigarette users with regular cigarette consumers using “real” cigarettes, which was what my colleague John Conyers Jr. originally requested. Yet, with regard to the tar content of many electronic cigarette cartridges, Sweanor has been reporting on these numbers for some time: Now in 2013, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association have added a new estimate: E-cigarettes contain 5 per cent to 7 per cent higher cancer-causing chemicals in their vapor than most regular cigarettes.
According to the American Cancer Society, the average e-cigarette contains seven to 20 times more harmful agents than regular cigarettes. (One study published here in June 2013 foundthat e-cigarettes emit at least three times more harmful chemicals than traditional cigarettesincluding nicotine and acetaldehyde.)
Also, according to new studies, inhaling e-cig vapors leads to a spike in cancerous cells in the lungs. In the new study, that spike was almost 50 per cent. Why do all those extra cancers occur in e-liquid? One likely explanation that my colleague John Conyers Jr. suggested was that cigarette companies are actually reducing carcinogens in their products to create vapor that, in inhaling the vapors, might not have the same carcinogenic properties as cigarette smoke. But, while some e-liquid brands are doing exactly that, a company called Blue Bubble also maintains a very different philosophy. Blue Bubble says it wants to “dissolve” all the nicotine from the e-liquid so that it doesn’t get to the lungs. It believes that it is more dangerous to release nicotine without letting it “dissolve” into the air - thereby allowing harmful contaminants to migrate into the e-liquid and remain there. Blue Bubble then filters out the very low-in-vapor components; only the nicotine content remains. For example, a small amount of nicotine will have a far greater effect on cancer in humans than smoking a single cigarette (depending on the cigarette’s “tar” content). According to an article published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, “toxicants such as acrylamide, formaldehyde, and acrolein are also more toxic in higher concentrations in e-cigarettes than in conventional cigarettes.” ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22796793) However, it is not at all clear if Blue Bubble intentionally filters out the lower-level but potentially harmful compounds from its e-liquid, or if e-cigarette companies do so due to FDA regulations that dictate that manufacturers must remove all of the toxic chemicals from e-liquid by June 1, 2015. Because of this question the FDA, which regulates tobacco product, is currently reviewing Blue Bubble’s labeling, packaging and advertising, with the assumption that the FDA will eventually approve their labeling and advertising plans. However, Blue Bubble’s corporate owner, the Altria Group, has come out against any such regulation, insisting that any efforts at regulation would be “counterproductive”. This is something I have warned about when I have spoken with the company’s CEO, James Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers has been very vocal in support of the idea that e-cigarettes have never actually been found to be less harmful than regular cigarettes. And, because of the low-level chemicals in this product, he believes that regulating e-cigarettes would likely only increase the prevalence of these substances in the population. He has even stated that e-cigarettes aren’t “like traditional cigarettes.” This is certainly surprising, but as any sensible health professional would know, it is also incorrect. Indeed, just this month, Dr. Jeffrey Miller from the National Cancer Institute stated that e-cigarettes are more like regular cigarettes, and he made reference to his own study that showed e-cigarettes were 95 per cent more carcinogenic than regular cigarettes!
There have been numerous reports like the above from reputable outlets such as Vox, The New