Carcinogen, according to several dictionaries including the Merriam-Webster, is a substance capable of causing cancers in living tissue. That is to say, foods we eat or things available in the market that have high levels of carcinogen must be avoided at all times for longer life.
And now, a new study is putting a warning sign on e-cigarette–or, the electronic cigarette–a device used by many Americans including the one point seventy-eight million middle and high school students in 2012 according to the CDC, because it contains previously unidentified carcinogens.
As reported in the Washington Post, the research paper is for the ACS journal of Environmental Science and Technology, and it claims that the e-cig contains two previously unknown cancer-causing toxins. Both, the report adds, are considered ‘probable carcinogens’ by the government, and they are used in the device to create artificial smoke.
The team with author Hugo Destaillats, also a Berkeley Lab researcher, have analyzed vapor from two different kinds of e-cigarrete products filled with three different refill liquids, and found several vapor components like propylene glycol and glycerin. In addition to the irritants–which are also considered probable carcinogens–they’ve also identified twenty-nine other chemicals released in the device.
In a statement, Destaillats underlines the common statement of e-cig supporters, saying that its emissions are much lower compared to the conventional cigarettes. That may be true for certain users, he adds, but clarifies that using e-cig doesn’t promote good health. Regular cigarettes, he says, are “super unhealthy” while the e-cig are “just unhealthy.”
In May of this year, a Reuters poll revealed that about ten percent of the nearly ten thousand American adults that they surveyed use the device, the same percentage as in the similar poll they conducted in May of 2015. However, there’s a growing percentage of participants this year who expressed negative attitudes toward the electronic device.
Forty-seven of which said vaping was “not healthier than smoking conventional cigarettes,” compared to just thirty-eight percent of participants who felt that way a year ago. Meanwhile, forty-three percent said they did not believe that vaping could help people quit smoking conventional cigarettes, compared to thirty-nine percent who had the same belief in 2015. More people this year are also convinced that vaping can be addictive.
Note: vaping means the use of e-cigarette. Example: “I vape everyday,” or in the sentence, “please don’t vape inside the house.”