E-cigarette users can breathe a little easier today. A study just released by Professor Igor
Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic
cigarettes (e-cigarettes) pose no health concern for users or bystanders. This is the first
definitive study of e-cigarette chemistry and finds that there are no health concerns based
on generally accepted exposure limits.
E-cigarettes are devices that heat a nicotine
solution to create an aerosol (called “vapor”) that the user inhales, similar to smoking a
cigarette. They are used as a low-risk substitute for smoking by millions of former
smokers, and their increasing popularity seems to account for the current downward trend
in smoking in the U.S. and some other countries. While experts agree that the risks posed
by e-cigarettes are significantly less than those posed by smoking, there had been some
debate about how much lower the risk was.
By reviewing over 9,000 observations about the chemistry of the vapor and the liquid in e-cigarettes, Dr. Burstyn was able to determine that the levels of contaminants e-cigarette users are exposed to are insignificant, far below levels that would pose any health risk. Additionally, there is no health risk to bystanders. Proposals to ban e-cigarettes in places where smoking is banned have been based on concern there is a potential risk to
bystanders, but the study shows there is no concern….
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