03:51 GMT03 March 2021
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    A fresh release by a California-based environmental NGO claims they contracted an independent lab to test almost a hundred e-cigarette products. The conclusion they came to is just terrifying.

    According to the undisclosed study paid for by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), as detailed in a September 4th release, in which they declare manufacturers of e-cigarette products violate US regulations by misinforming their customers that so-called “vapes” are harmless.

    “CEH is concerned about the unregulated marketing of e-cigarettes, and especially sales to teens and young people, while little is known about the health hazards from inhaling e-cigarette smoke,” the report states.

    Exactly two dozen companies producing e-cigarettes were tested, 97 electronic devices (vaporizers) and different cartridges in total, CEH claims. Regular smoking machines were used in order to demonstrate the most precise results, the release declares.

    What the presumably-independent testing done by an unnamed lab acknowledged by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation has shown, as claimed by the NGO, seems really shocking for anyone who’s ever smoked an e-pipe or even been close to someone vaping it.

    A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015
    © REUTERS / Mark Blinch
    A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015

    Cancer-causing chemicals, including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, are found in e-cigarette smoke in heavy concentrations, exceeding permitted quantities by hundreds of times, the release says.

    “We found formaldehyde exposures up to 473 times the Proposition 65 safety level and acetaldehyde exposures up to 254 times the safety level. Almost ninety percent (21 of 24) of the companies whose products we tested had one or more products that produced hazardous amounts of one or both chemicals, in violation of California law,” the online report reads.

    According to California’s Proposition 65 law, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, any producer must put a “clear and reasonable” warning on their product and its advertisement if it brings any health or environmental risk. Such is the case with e-cigarettes, CEH points out, noting the NGO has started taking legal action against “vape’” manufacturers for failing to warn consumers of exposure to these dangerous cancer-causing chemicals from their devices, as required by Proposition 65.

    “This is especially troubling given the reckless marketing practices of the e-cigarette industry, which targets teens and young people, and deceives the public with unfounded health and safety claims,” the report highlights.

    An earlier release on the threat posed by e-cigarettes m in the New England Journal of Medicine publication January this year was heavily criticized for using results of tests conducted under extreme heat conditions.


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