Though e-cigarettes might sound like a healthy alternative to smoking, scientists are beginning to realize it’s anything but.
A February 2014 study published in the journal Environmental Pollution recently found that e-cigarette aerosol holds high amounts of ultrafine particles that are even greater than what’s seen in cigarette smoke!
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights alludes to the notion that at least 10 chemicals found in e-cigarette aerosol are also on California’s Proposition 65 list of carcinogens and dangerous reproductive chemicals, which include toxins like acetaldehyde, benzene, cadmium, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, nickel, and toluene.
Coming into contact with fine and ultrafine particles could potentially cause a heart attack or even worsen asthmatic symptoms. Propylene glycol coming from e-cigarettes could also trigger eye, throat, and air pipe discomfort. What’s more, long-term exposure could also initiate asthma in young children- and certain studies show that heating propylene glycol alters its chemical composition, making small levels of a carcinogen propylene oxide, indicates the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights organization.
A recent study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology warns of possible e-cigarette risks that includes dual-purpose smoking. That process involves people smoking e-cigarettes in public places as well as regular cigarettes at home, exposing children in both areas.
“Dual use of both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes carries the risk of secondhand smoke exposure, causing worsening respiratory effects on children and asthma sufferers. It also promotes ongoing nicotine dependence,” says study co-author Chitra Dinakar, MD, whose further qualifications include American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology fellow and professor of pediatrics, Children’s Mercy Hospitals.
Inhaling chemicals in smoke and vapors adversely affects our lungs, while also causing asthma attacks in certain people. These attacks are at fault for many of the 4,000 asthma-related deaths each year.
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