An article posted on 9th July 2013 by the World Health Organisation explains that an introductory analysis of e-cigarette cartridges performd by the FDA in 2009 identified that some contain tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), known as cancer-causing agents.
However, the amounts of TSNAs present were at the same levels with existing NRT products like nicotine gum and inhalers.
Cancer Research UK addresses the toxins in cigarettes by stating that while it’s the highly addictive nicotine that keeps smokers turning back to cigarettes, "it’s the toxic mixture of chemicals in tobacco smoke that kills half of all long-term users. Traditional tobacco cigarettes contain around 4000 different chemicals, including toxins like arsenic and radioactive polonium-210. Tobacco smoke has long been recognised as a carcinogen responsible for more than one in four UK cancer deaths, and the biggest single cause of cancer in the world."
The UK National Health Service advised that the toxic chemicals found by the FDA in e-cigarettes were that of one-thousandth found in a cigarette smoke, and while there is no certainty that these small traces are harmless, initial test results are reassuring.
- February 04, 2016
- Cihan Solakoglu