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New study provides more evidence of the obligation to regulate e-cigarettes

For anyone needing further convincing that using electronic cigarettes is not a good idea, a new study details the dangers. It turns out that vapor from electronic cigarettes contains two previously undiscovered cancer-causing chemicals.

As reported in the Washington Post, “researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found propylene glycol, an eye and respiratory irritant, and glycerin, a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, among 29 other chemicals released in e-cigarette vapor.”

Both are considered “probable carcinogens” by federal health officials. Add to that previous studies showing e-cigarettes emit toxic chemicals and it is worrisome that people are gravitating to these still-new devices.

E-cigarettes vaporize a flavored liquid, usually containing nicotine, and that vapor is inhaled by the smoker, a process known as vaping.

In May, the Food and Drug Administration finally announced rules, derived from a major tobacco control law Congress passed in 2009 and first proposed in draft form in 2014, that will bring the electronic cigarette industry under federal oversight for the first time.

As the author of the new study said, advocates of e-cigarettes counter that emissions are much lower than those from conventional cigarettes, so they consider smokers “better off” using e-cigs. It’s a matter of degree, said Hugo Destaillats: “Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy.”

Tell that to young people who may be smoking fewer tobacco cigarettes but seem infatuated with electronic cigarettes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the use of e-cigarettes has risen among middle- and high-schoolers between 2011 and 2015, at a time when smoking has declined. And while it has been well established that tobacco-related products are bad for one’s health, there are a number of e-cigarette proponents who want the public to believe that theirs is a better, if not healthier, choice.

Just saying no to both is the best choice.

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