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E-liquid Flavors Are Under Attack

Posted by The Dude on

 

When the brainiacs of the world conduct research on the same subject with all the latest scientific toys at their disposal, and yet come to two opposing views – who do you believe – and to what degree?

The headline read “Dangerous Levels of Hazardous Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Flavored E-Cigarettes”, referencing an article in Science Daily.

The article stated that the study “Flavoring compounds dominate toxic aldehyde production during e-cigarette vaping” confirms that these toxic aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, are formed not by evaporation, but rather during the chemical breakdown of the flavored e-liquid during the rapid heating process (pyrolysis) that occurs inside e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

It went on to say that "One puff of any of the flavored e-liquids that we tested exposes the smoker to unacceptably dangerous levels of these aldehydes, most of which originates from thermal decomposition of the flavoring compounds."

However, an article in WIRED had this to say on the exact same subject…

“It was possible for a third-generation e-cigarette (a vaping device with variable power settings) to produce high levels of aldehydes -- known to be carcinogenic to humans. However, the study found that this would occur in a normal-use setting if a smoker deliberately and repeatedly "dry puffed" on an e-cig: a seemingly unpleasant experience that most would do their best to avoid.”

Needless to say the dangers of vaping are alarming (wink). Hell they’re almost as dangerous as cooking in the kitchen! Because according to an article in The Independent

Vegetable oils contain 'toxic' chemicals linked to cancer and brain degeneration, say scientists

Cooking with vegetable oil releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and even the degeneration of the brain, according to experts. When heated, corn, sunflower, palm and soya bean oils - often called "vegetable" oils - release chemicals called aldehydes which have been linked to various cancers and neurogenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Yes aldehydes are nothing to take lightly, but let me ask you a question. After reading above that cooking with vegetable oil releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and even the degeneration of the brain, are you truly going to give it a second thought? Are you jumping out of your seat, marching into the kitchen hell bent on going through the cupboards searching for the vegetable oil with designs on tossing it in the trash for the health and welfare of your family? My guess would be no.

So, when it comes to vaping, when we see research or reports like this, one that claims that “One puff of any of the flavored e-liquids that we tested exposes the smoker to unacceptably dangerous levels of these aldehydes”, and another that says that there is nothing to be alarmed about unless you “deliberately and repeatedly "dry puffed” on an e-cig, what do you base your decisions and your health on?

Personally, I think that science has done themselves a disservice. They’ve spewed so much garbage and contradicted themselves time and time again that people simply don’t know what to believe, so we discard it all. Instead, we default to our own common-sense, which really isn’t such a bad alternative.


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