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06 September 2013

E-cigarettes: ‘cancer risk close to zero’

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

A study by the French consumer organisation, the National Consumers’ Institute, has found harmful chemicals in electronic cigarettes, sparking renewed concerns about the products that are often hailed as a healthier alternative for smokers.

After testing for cancer-causing molecules in the vapour from 10 e-cigarettes, three types of e-cigarettes tested positive for the chemical formaldehyde at levels close to those of typical cigarettes. The toxic compound acrolein, which changes to vapour when heated, and which has been shown to damage the lungs, was also found. For some e-cigarettes, acrolein levels were higher than in normal cigarettes.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)