Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory find carcinogenic elements in most e-cigarette vapour

Although you are better off with e-cigarettes in relation to traditional ones, both could cause cancer. Choose your poison.

There is a general consensus on the fact that e-cigarettes are less harmful than their traditional counterpart, the fact remains that they are however, still harmful.

There is now mounting evidence to show that vaping is actually not good for you. Many studies have linked the usage of e-cigarettes to cancer due to the presence of toxic chemicals and carcinogens in them their vapor.

A study has lent even more credibility to such reports with its findings which state that the age, temperature of the vaporizer and its type can affect the toxicity of its emissions. With the result that researchers have identified two previously unreported carcinogenic chemicals in most liquids used by e-cigarettes.

According to the scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, most of the toxic chemicals found in the smoke from the vaporizer comes from the thermal decomposition of glycerin and glycol.

Although both are classified as food safe and are commonly used in the liquid of e-cigarettes, when vaporized however the two emit toxic chemicals – namely glycidol and propylene oxide, two probable carcinogens.

The next step becomes complex since not all e-cigarettes are made equally: when the emissions of various vaporizers were tested by the researchers they found much to their surprise that those e-cigarettes which used two heating elements in their vaporizer had a lower levels of concentration of harmful chemicals, which was in stark contrast to the emissions from a single coil model.

The researchers also found that vaporizers that ran at a higher voltage tended to create emissions having higher toxin levels. The same was observed with units that weren’t cleaned regularly.

What this means is that, although all e-cigarettes emit toxin smokes, the ones which feature vaporizers with lower temperature are healthier. In other words, of the two poisons, these are less poisonous.

What does this mean for the future of e-cigarettes? Understanding how these toxins are formed could allow manufacturers to lower their count and make them less harmful to their traditional alternatives.

However, in the words of Hugo Destaillats, who co-authored this study, “Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy.”

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