ISLAMABAD: While many smoke e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking, a new study shows they may not be as healthy as once thought.
A new lab test has shown that, when used at high temperatures, e-cigarettes may release more formaldehyde than traditional cigarettes.
Formaldehyde is a cancer-causing chemical that can have many adverse effects on one’s health.
However, though shocking, this find does not prove health risk.
This is because the study was only performed on one brand of e-cigarette and was done in test tubes rather than people.
In addition, one type of cancer-causing substance, as opposed to the dozens in a traditional cigarette, does not necessarily prove e-cigarettes are more harmful than normal ones.
Even so, this research does show how little is known about battery operated devices.
Such devices use heated liquid to deliver nicotine in a vaporous form rather than from burning tobacco.
This method has been heralded as safer, but researchers are now saying people using e-cigarettes could be putting themselves at unknown risk, the Washington Post reported.
An earlier study, conducted to test the amount of formaldehyde in e-cigarettes, found they had less than traditional ones.
However, that test only looked at the gas portion of the vapor as apposed to the liquid particles.
While little is still known about this subject, it seems that the formaldehyde was not detected when the e-cigarettes were used at lower levels.
However, the higher the levels rose, the more formaldehyde the user was exposed to.
As these levels come from the liquid portion of the vapor, which all brands use to heat their cigarettes, these formaldehyde levels are in all types of e- cigarettes.